Of all the thoughts of God that are

Of all the thoughts of God that are

Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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Of all the thoughts of God, that are
Borne in upon our souls afar
Along the Psalmist’s music deep,
O, tell me if there any is,
For gift or grace, surpassing this,—
“He giveth His beloved sleep.”

O earth, so full of dreary noises!
O men, with wailing in your voices!
O delved gold, the wailers’ heap!
O strife, O curse, that o’er it fall!
God makes a silence through you all,—
He giveth His beloved sleep.

His dews drop mutely on the hill,
His cloud above it saileth still,
Though on its slope men toil and reap;
More softly than the dew is shed,
Or cloud is floated overhead,
He giveth His beloved sleep.

Source: A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #479

Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Browning, Elizabeth, née Barrett, daughter of Mr. Barrett, an English country gentleman, and wife of Robert Browning, the poet, was born in London 1809, and died at Florence in 1861. As a poetess she stands at the head of English female writers, and her secular works are well known. Sacred pieces from her works are in common use in America. They include: 1. God, named Love, whose fount Thou art. Love. 2. How high Thou art! Our songs can own. Divine Perfection. 3. Of all the thought of God, that are. Death. 4. What would we give to our beloved? Pt. ii. of No. 3. 5. When Jesus' friend had ceased to be. Friendship. Based on the death of Lazarus. These hymns are in Beecher's Plymouth Collection 1855; Hedge and Huntington's… Go to person page >

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Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning



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