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Published in “The Congregational Psalmist”, Hodder & Stoughton, 1875.

1 My God, I thank Thee, who hast made
  2 I thank Thee, too, that Thou hast made
    The earth so bright,       Joy to abound,
  So full of splendour and of joy,     So many gentle thoughts and deeds
    Beauty and light;       Circling us round,
  So many glorious things are here,     That in the darkest spot of earth
    Noble and right.       Some love is found.

3 I thank Thee more that all our joy   4 I thank Thee, Lord, that Thou hast kept
    Is touched with pain,       The best in store;
  That shadows fall on brightest hours,     To have enough, yet not too much
    That thorns remain,       To long for more —
  So that earth’s bliss may be our guide,     A yearning for a deeper peace
    And not our chain.       Not known before.

5 I thank Thee, Lord, that here our souls,
    Though amply blest,
  Can never find, although they seek,
  A perfect rest,
  Nor ever shall, until they lean
    On Jesu’s breast.

Adelaide Anne Procter, 1825 - 64.

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