Scripture Verse

Why do You make me see iniquity, and why do you You idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.@Habakkuk 1:3-4

Words: Han­nah J. Lew­is (1816–1885). Ap­peared in The Po­et­i­cal Works of Mrs. H. J. Lew­is (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Cup­ples, Up­ham, 1885), pag­es 50–51.

Music: Sto­ney Frank E. A. Sto­ney, 1916 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Hannah J. Lewis
(1816–1885)

When will the boon for which I daily pray,
Descend with healing on my troubled way,
And chase the shadows from my darkened day?
In God’s good time.

If I am sinning in my daily prayer,
If what I ask would prove a curse, a snare,
When shall the whisper come, O soul, beware?
In God’s good time.

Till then I battle strong with hope delayed,
And plead with patience for her potent aid:
When shall the strife be o’er, the tempest stayed?
In God’s good time.

May I be firm to hope, to trust, to wait,
Earnest but humble at the heav’nly gate,
Through which the good I crave may crown my fate.
In God’s good time.

And should it come not, should the light of years
Go out beneath a flood of blinding tears,
I’ll bide the dawn which soon or late appears.
In God’s good time.