God of the strong, God of the weak

God of the strong, God of the weak. Richard Watson Gilder* (1844-1909). Published in ‘In the Hights’ (1905; so spelt in the edition of Gilder’s poems) with the title ‘Hymn written for the service in memory of Dr J.L.M. Curry, held by the Southern Education Conference, Richmond, Virginia, April 26, 1903’. It had six stanzas, celebrating the commitment of Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry (1825-1903) to the cause of free education in the southern states. Most hymnbooks print a four-stanza text, omitting stanzas 5 and 6, which end on a personal note. Stanza 4 has a fine ending, which is normally used in hymnbooks: And knowing, we may sow the seed   That blossoms through eternity; - The original poem...

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