Father, I Know that all my Life

Original Text: 
A. L. Waring, Hymns and Meditations, new edn. (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1911), no. I. 04430.a.1 British Library
"My times are in Thy hand." -- Psalm XXXI.15
1Father, I know that all my life
2   Is portioned out for me,
3And the changes that are sure to come,
4   I do not fear to see;
5But I ask Thee for a present mind
6   Intent on pleasing Thee.
7I ask Thee for a thoughtful love,
8   Through constant watching wise,
9To meet the glad with joyful smiles,
10   And to wipe the weeping eyes;
11And a heart at leisure from itself,
12   To soothe and sympathise.
13I would not have the restless will
14   That hurries to and fro,
15Seeking for some great thing to do
16   Or secret thing to know;
17I would be treated as a child,
18   And guided where I go.
19Wherever in the world I am,
20   In whatsoe'er estate,
21I have a fellowship with hearts
22   To keep and cultivate;
23And a work of lowly love to do
24   For the Lord on whom I wait.
25So I ask Thee for the daily strength,
26   To none that ask denied,
27And a mind to blend with outward life
28   While keeping at Thy side;
29Content to fill a little space,
30   If Thou be glorified.
31And if some things I do not ask,
32   In my cup of blessing be,
33I would have my spirit filled the more
34   With grateful love to Thee --
35More careful -- not to serve Thee much,
36   But to please Thee perfectly.
37There are briers besetting every path,
38   That call for patient care;
39There is a cross in every lot,
40   And an earnest need for prayer;
41But a lowly heart that leans on Thee
42   Is happy anywhere.
43In a service which Thy will appoints,
44   There are no bonds for me,
45For my inmost heart is taught "the truth"
46   That makes Thy children "free;"
47And a life of self-renouncing love
48   Is a life of liberty.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2001