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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

 


Samuel Longfellow – 25 May 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

The American clergyman and hymn writer Samuel Longfellow, the younger brother of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, was born June 18, 1819 in Portland, Maine. He attended Harvard College and Harvard Divinity School, and served as pastor in Fall River, Massachusetts (1848), Brooklyn, New York (1853), and Germantown, Pennsylvania (1860). On October 3, 1892 Samuel Longfellow died in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

“The Christian Life” by Samuel Longfellow is included in a book of religious poetry published in 1926.

The Christian Life
Samuel Longfellow
(18 June 1819 – 3 October 1892)

I look to Thee in ev’ry need,
And never look in vain;
I feel Thy strong and tender love,
And all is well again;
The thought of Thee is mightier far
Than sin and pain and sorrow are.

Discouraged in the work of life,
Disheartened by its load,
Shamed by its failures or its fears,
I sink beside the road;
But let me only think of Thee,
And then new heart springs up in me.

Thy calmness bends serene above,
My restlessness to still,
Around me flows Thy quickening life
To nerve my faltering will;
Thy presence fills my solitude,
Thy providence turns all to good.

Embosomed deep in Thy great love,
Held in Thy law, I stand;
Thy hand in all things I behold,
And all things in Thy hand;
Thou leadest me in unsought ways,
And turn’st my mourning into praise.

For a large collection of poems and stories, visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/poetrydir.html 

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