Scripture Verse

Thou art my God: Thy Spirit is good. Psalm 143:10


John G. Whittier (1807–1892)

Words: John G. Whit­ti­er, from his po­em The Eter­nal Good­ness, 1867.

Music: Song 67 (Gib­bons) Or­lan­do Gib­bons, 1623. Ar­ranged by Hen­ry T. Smart (1813–1879) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • St. Fla­vi­an Day’s Psal­ter, 1563 (🔊 pdf nwc)
Orlando Gibbons (1583–1625)


Within the mad­den­ing maze of things,
When tossed by storm and flood,
To one fixed trust my spir­it clings;
I know that God is good!

No of­fer­ing of my own I have,
Nor works my faith to prove;
I can but give the gifts He gave,
And plead His love for love.

I know not where His is­lands lift
Their frond­ed palms in air;
I on­ly know I can­not drift
Beyond His love and care.

And so be­side the si­lent sea
I wait the muf­fled oar;
No harm from Him can come to me
On ocean or on shore.

I know not what the fu­ture hath
Of mar­vel or sur­prise,
Assured alone that life and death
His mer­cy un­der­lies.