The Gates of Time and Other Poems

by Frederick George Scott


 

HYMN OF PRAISE


 

I praise God that He gave man breath,
    To breathe the mountains and the seas;
I praise Him that He sends us death
    To give us solitude and ease.

I praise God that He gave man sight

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    And knowledge of the lakes and streams;
I praise Him that He sends us night
    And blinding mystery of dreams.

I praise God that He gave man speech
    And thoughts that lap the world with fire;

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I praise Him that He orders each
    To set a bound to his desire.

I praise God that He gave man love,
    And faith and truth and simple joys;
I praise Him that the stars above

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    Are not subservient to our noise.

I praise God that He built man’s brain
    Wide-open to the senses’ thrill;
I praise Him that He sends us pain
    To break the thraldom of the will.

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I praise God for the darts that sting,
    The age-long toil, the ceaseless strife;
I praise God that He made man king
    To choose in freedom—Death or Life.