I Thank Thee, Tender Shepherd

I thank Thee day by day, O Lord, my God!For Thou hast led me all the darkened wayAnd o'er the jagged rocks, to heights of joyOf which I had not dreamed in valley paths.But now with mists dispersed I clearly viewThe road that I have climbed, and gladly knowThy love that girded me through all the yearsWhen rebel heart cried out with greedy willTo gain false peace, mistaken happiness,And all the boastings of material senseWhich wily beckoned with allurements vain.

I thank Thee, Love divine, Thou didst denyThose selfish prayers wherein I asked amiss;Nor knew I what the patient future heldTo bless and save me—e'en Thy loving scourgeWhich chastened human longings, foolish hopesUntil I humbled was, and called to TheeFor help and strength courageously to treadThe way where Thou wouldst guide me into light.

February 13, 1937
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