One sweetly solemn thought

One sweetly solemn thought. Phoebe Cary* (1824-1871). Written in 1852, on a Sunday morning after returning from church. It became very popular when it was set to music by the Canadian composer Robert Steele Ambrose (1824-1908) and used in the evangelistic campaigns of Dwight L. Moody* and Ira D. Sankey*. There are many versions and variants of the text, which is usually printed as a six-stanza hymn, although editions of Sankey’s Sacred Songs and Solos abbreviate to four stanzas. In The Poetical Works of Alice and Phoebe Cary (1882) it had seven stanzas, of which the last is often omitted: Father, perfect my trust, Let my spirit feel in death, That her feet are firmly set On the...

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