1856–1946

Introduction

Born: De­cem­ber 31, 1856, Bridge­wa­ter, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Buried: Cen­ter Ce­me­te­ry, Ro­ches­ter, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

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Biography

Caroline was the daugh­ter of James Ma­di­son Le­on­ard and Jane N. Thomp­son, and wife of Her­bert Del­os Good­e­nough (mar­ried 1878, Bridge­wa­ter, Mass­a­chu­setts).

After gra­du­at­ing from Ob­er­lin Col­lege, Ohio, Good­e­nough served 35 years as a mis­sion­a­ry in Na­tal, South Af­ri­ca, with her hus­band.

Co­py­right re­cords show her liv­ing in Ro­ches­ter, Mas­sa­chu­setts, in 1931.

Publications

Poem

Infinite Father

Infinite Father of the whole creation,
Filling all the earth, and sky and sea
With the beauty that’s but emanation
Of the fullness that is found in Thee:
We stand beside the mighty ocean,
Hear the solemn dirges as they roll,
Booming of the waves in wild commotion,
’Tis a voice from Thee that fills the soul.

When our waking eyes behold the morning,
Gold and crimson of the eastern skies,
Nature decked with dewy pearls’ adorning,
’Tis Thy loveliness that meets our eyes.
When the evening purple tinge is flinging
Over valley, meadow, stream and hill,
And the bird her homeward way is winging,
’Tis Thy gentleness that meets us still.

When we view each shining constellation,
Musing o’er the mystery of night,
Plants wheeling without deviation,
While the centuries have taken flight—
Then our souls are filled with heartfelt praises
For the great Creator and His plan—
Tale of love, in music, stars and daisies,
Of our God for wayward, sinful man.

Caroline Louisa Leonard Goodenough
New York, 1910

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Lyrics

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