Scripture Verse

I have learned how to be content in any circumstance. Philippians 4:11


Walter S. Landor

Words: Wal­ter S. Lan­dor (1775–1864), alt.

Music: Ev­an Will­iam H. Hav­er­gal, 1847. Ar­ranged by Lo­well Ma­son, New Car­mi­na Sac­ra (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: 1850) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know when these words were writ­ten,

Lowell Mason


Why, why repine, my pensive friend,
At pleasures slipped away?
Some will the stern fates ne­ver lend,
And all refuse to stay.

I see the rainbow in the sky,
The dew upon the grass,
I see them, and I ask not why
They glimmer or they pass.

With folded arms I linger not
To call them back; ’twere vain;
In this, or in some other spot,
I know they’ll shine again.