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

And if my heart and flesh are weak
     To bear an untried pain,
The bruised reed He will not break,
     But strengthen and sustain.

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.

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

O brothers! if my faith is vain,
     If hopes like these betray,
Pray for me that my feet may gain
     The sure and safer way.

And Thou, O Lord! by whom are seen
     Thy creatures as they be,

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