Nature

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills”

The mighty, ageless mountains,
The towering rocks,
Teh wooded hills,
The streamlets tumbling down the rills;
The rushing falls,
The lakes serene,
The mighty peaks that I have seen.

“I will flee as a bird to the hills,”
My anguish heart once said;
In them find joy
Where troubles cease,
Amongst the hills there’s surely peace,
But, lo, there was no peace of mind,
No ease from sorrow could I find.

Then a question clear I heard,
“From whence cometh my help?”
From towering rocks?
From wooded hills?
From streamlets rushing down the rills?
I ponder long,
And dark my way–
Till God revealed Himself one day.

“My help cometh from the Lord,”
The One who made the mountains.
His mighty Word,
His loving hand
Did make these hills on which I stand.
In Him alone I now can see
Is perfect peace and vistory.
— Mrs. John Paton

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I Thank Thee God, That I Have Lived
I thank thee God, that I have lived

In this great world and known its many joys:
The songs of birds, the strongest sweet scent of hay,
And cooling breezes in the secret dusk;
The flaming sunsets at the close of day,
Hills and the lovely, heather-covered moors;
Music at night, and the moonlight on the sea,
The beat of waves upon the rocky shore
And wild white spray, flung high in ecstasy;
The faithful eyes of dogs, and treasured books,
The love of Kin and fellowship of friends
And all that makes life dear and beautiful.

I thank Thee too, that there has come to me
A little sorrow and sometimes defeat,
A little heartache and the loneliness
That comes with parting and the words ‘Good-bye’;
Dawn breaking after weary hours of pain,
When I discovered that night’s gloom must yield
And morning light break through to me again.
Because of these and other blessings poured
Unasked upon my wondering head,
Because I know that there is yet to come
An even richer and more glorious life,
And most of all, because Thine only Son
Once sacrificed life’s loveliness for me,
I thank Thee, God, that I have lived
—  Elizabeth Craven, writer and socialite (1750 – 1828)