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First Line: Our days are few and full of strife
Last Line: And surely we are more than they.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of

OUR days are few and full of strife;
Like leaves our pleasures fade and fall;
But Thou who art the all in all,
Thy name is Love, and love is Life!

We walk in sleep and think we see;
Our little lives are clothed with dreams;
For that to us which substance seems
Is shadow, 'twixt ourselves and thee.

We are immortal now, and here,
Chances and changes, night and day,
Are landmarks in the eternal way;
Our fear is all we have to fear.

Our lives are dew-drops in thy sun;
Thou breakest them, and lo! we see
A thousand gracious shapes of thee, --
A thousand shapes, instead of one.

The soul that drifts all darkly dim
Through floods that seem outside of grace,
Is only surging toward the place
Which thou hast made and meant for him.

For this we hold, -- ill could not be
Were there no power beyond the ill;
Our wills are held within thy will;
The ends of goodness rest with thee.

Fall storms of winter as you may,
The dry boughs in the warm spring rain
Shall put their green leaves forth again,
And surely we are more than they.

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