“My times are in Thy hand” – Ps 31:15
“My times are in Thy hand”,
Their best and fittest place;
I would not have them at command
Without Thy guiding grace.
“My times”, and yet not mine;
I cannot them ordain;
Not one e’er waits from me a sign,
Nor can I one detain.
“My times”, O Lord are Thine,
And Thine their oversight:
Thy wisdom, love, and power combine
To make them dark or bright.
Hence, Lord, in Thee I rest,
And wait Thy holy will;
I lean upon my Saviour’s breast,
Or gladly go on still.
And when my “times” shall cease,
And life shall fade away,
Then bid me. Lord, depart in peace
To realms of endless day!
William Henry Havergal
(father of Frances Ridley Havergal)