Sarah Flower Adams

(1805-1848 / Essex / England)

Hymn - Poem by Sarah Flower Adams

He sendeth sun, he sendeth shower,
Alike they're needful for the flower:
And joys and tears alike are sent
To give the soul fit nourishment.
As comes to me or cloud or sun,
Father! thy will, not mine, be done!
Can loving children e'er reprove
With murmurs whom they trust and love?
Creator! I would ever be
A trusting, loving child to thee:
As comes to me or cloud or sun,
Father! thy will, not mine, be done!
Oh, ne'er will I at life repine:
Enough that thou hast made it mine.
When falls the shadow cold of death
I yet will sing, with parting breath,
As comes to me or shade or sun,
Father! thy will, not mine, be done!


Comments about Hymn by Sarah Flower Adams

  • Rookie - 58 Points Esther Moe (6/24/2015 11:28:00 PM)

    Enjoyed it! Beautiful! (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 4,494 Points John Richter (6/24/2015 7:33:00 AM)

    This is incredibly interesting. At first I thought a very dear little poem. But Sarah's name was ringing in my head as though I knew of her somehow. And I thought this is a form poem, like a hexastich with the repeating last line of each stanza. Of course I glossed over the word 'Hymn' in the title. Jumping over to her biography it came rushing in. A commenter there correctly identified Sarah's hymn ' Nearer My God' as the last song played by the string trio on the Titanic as she slipped into the ocean. Freaking awesome! Sarah is an indelible part of history and I am surprised she has only 6 pieces here on PH. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 786 Points Kate Lechoe (6/24/2015 2:31:00 AM)

    A well written poem (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 27,492 Points Edward Kofi Louis (6/24/2015 2:08:00 AM)

    With parting breath. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,053 Points Thabani Khumalo (6/24/2015 1:51:00 AM)

    this is beautiful. would you please share this secret of writing? read my poem and rate it: codes of law (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,436 Points Akachukwu Lekwauwa (6/24/2015 12:38:00 AM)

    Powerful hymn. Love it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 23 Points Samuel Steven (5/18/2015 3:54:00 PM)

    Amazing hymn (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 339 Points Vipins Puthooran (12/26/2011 3:21:00 AM)

    Father! thy will, not mine, be done! !
    The word of Christ! !
    A good poem! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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