Uphold me according unto Thy Word.@Psalm 119:116
Berthold Tours (1838–1897)

Samuel V. Cole, Scipio’s Garden and Other Poems, 1901. In The Pil­grim Hym­nal, 1904, it is dated to 1887.

Deventer Ber­thold Tours, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Samuel V. Cole (1851–1925)

O Thou who sealest up the past,
The days slip from us, and the years
Grow silent with their hopes and fears;
’Tis Thine to keep all things at last.

We have not done the things we would,
A blotted page we render back;
And yet, whate’er our work may lack,
Thy work goes on, and Thou art good.

Thou movest in the moving years;
Wherever man is, there Thou art
To overrule his feebler part,
And bring a blessing out of tears.

Thou opener of the years to be,
Let me not lose, in woe or weal,
The touch of Thy strong hand I feel
Upholding and directing me.