Purer yet and purer, I would be in mind

Purer yet and purer, I would be in mind

Author: Anonymous; Author: J. W. von Goethe; Author: J. H. Leslie
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1 Purer yet and purer
I would be in mind,
Dearer yet and dearer,
Every duty find;
Hoping still, and trusting,
I shall have no fear,
Patiently believing
Thou wilt make all clear.

2 Calmer yet and calmer
In the hour of pain;
Surer yet and surer
Peace at last to gain.
Suffering still and doing,
To His will resigned,
And to God subduing
Heart and will and mind.

3 Swifter yet and swifter
Ever onward run;
Firmer yet and firmer
Step as I go on.
Oft these earnest longings
Swell within my breast,
Yet their inner meaning
Ne’er can be expressed.

4 Higher yet and higher
Out of clouds and sight,
Nearer yet and nearer
Rising to the light,
Light serene and holy,
Where my soul may rest,
Purified and holy,
Sanctified and blessed.


Source: The Hymnal of The Evangelical United Brethren Church #184

Author: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

Author: J. W. von Goethe

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, son of Johann Caspar Goethe, a lawyer at Frankfurt-am-Main; was born at Frankfurt Aug. 28,1749, and died at Weimar, March 22, 1832. The greatest German poet of his day, and one of the most famous literary men of his own or any age, his sympathies were Classical rather than distinctively Christian; and as he himself said (Conversations with Eckerman, January 4, 1827), he wrote no poems suited for use in public worship. A few pieces, principally from his well-known dramatic poem of Faust (pt. i. 1808; pt. ii. pub. posthumously, 1832), are found under his name in one or two Unitarian hymn-books. Good translations of both parts of Faust have been published by Dr. John Anster, Bayard Taylor, Sir Theodore Martin, an… Go to person page >

Author: J. H. Leslie

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First Line: Purer yet and purer, I would be in mind
Author: Anonymous
Author: J. W. von Goethe
Author: J. H. Leslie
Source: "Iphegenia in Tauris, with Original Poems," 1851
Language: English



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