• Lyricist: Anna L. Waring, pub.1850alt.
  • Composer: Charles H. Steggall, 1890
  • Subjects: Trust, Contentment, Humility
  • Scriptures: Psalm 31:15; Philippians 4:11; 1 Timothy 6:6
  • Key: E♭
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  1. Father, I know that all my life
    Is portioned out for me;
    And the changes that are sure to come
    I do not fear to see;
    I ask Thee for a present mind,
    Intent on pleasing Thee.
  2. I ask Thee for a thoughtful love,
    Through constant watching wise,
    To meet the glad with joyful smiles,
    And wipe the weeping eyes,
    And a heart, at leisure from itself,
    To soothe and sympathize.
  3. I would not have the restless will
    That hurries to and fro,
    E’er seeking some great thing to do,
    Or secret thing to know;
    I would be treated as a child,
    And guided where I go.
  4. Wherever in this world I am,
    In whatsoe’er estate,
    I have a fellowship with hearts
    To keep and cultivate,
    And a work of lowly love to do
    For the Lord on whom I wait.
  5. So I ask Thee for daily strength—
    To none that ask denied—
    And a mind to blend with outward life,
    While keeping at Thy side;
    Content to fill a little space,
    If Thou be glorified.
  6. There are briers besetting every path,
    Which call for constant care;
    There is a cross in every lot,
    And an earnest need for prayer;
    But a lowly heart that leans on Thee,
    Is happy everywhere.
  7. In a service which Thy love appoints
    There are no bonds for me,
    For my inmost heart has learned the truth
    Which makes Thy children free,
    And a life of self-renouncing love
    Is a life of liberty.


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