‘Twixt gleams of joy and clouds of doubt

‘Twixt gleams of joy and clouds of doubt. John Campbell Shairp* (1819-1885). Written in 1871, this poem was included in Shairp’s Glen Desseray and other poems: lyrical and elegiac (1888), edited by Francis Turner Palgrave*, his friend from Balliol College days. The editors of the Scottish Church Hymnary (1898) had the wit to perceive that this would be a good hymn to include. It had four stanzas: ‘Twixt gleams of joy and clouds of doubt   Our feelings come and go; Our best estate is tossed about   In ceaseless ebb and flow. No mood of feeling, form of thought,   Is constant for a day; But Thou, O Lord! Thou changest not:   The same Thou art alway. I grasp Thy strength, make it mine own,...

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