Dennis Field

Rookie - 171 Points (22-01-1947 / Croydon England)

What God Hath Promised - Poem by Dennis Field

God hath not promised,
skies always blue,
flower strewn pathways
all our lives through.

God hath not promised,
sun without rain,
joy without sorrow,
peace without pain,

God hath not promised,
we shall not know,
toil and temptation,
trouble and woe.

He hath not told us,
we shall not bear,
many a burden,
many a care.

But hath promised,
strength for the day,
rest for the labour,
light for the way,
Grace for the trials,
help from above,
unfailing sympathy,
undying love.

God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain rocky and steep,
Never a river turbid and deep.

But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labour, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

The last hymn written by Annie Johnson Flint. Her hands were so gnarled by arthritis that she was unable to hold a pen, so a crayon or stick of chalk was wedged between her fingers, so she could write on a surface suspended over her bed. She had hoped to become a concert pianist, but in her late twenties she was diagnosed with arthritis. By the end of her life she was just four feet tall.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This was written by Annie Johnson Flint, this it was given to me years ago by an ex girl friend. But it is a nice poem so i put it on here.

Comments about What God Hath Promised by Dennis Field

  • (2/16/2018 10:17:00 AM)


    Apparently Annie Johnson Flint borrowed heavily from Hellen Steiner Rice, whose published poem is as follows:
    hath not promised skies always blue,
    Flower-strewn pathways all our lives though.
    hath no promised sun without rain,
    Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
    But hath promised strength for the day,
    Rest for the laborer, light for the way,
    Grace for the trial, help from above,
    Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
    - Helen Steiner Rice
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    (7/23/2018 8:05:00 AM)

    Annie Johnson Flint 1866-1932
    Helen Steiner Rice 1900-1981
    The best form of flattery is imitation...

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  • Denis Martindale (7/6/2013 3:19:00 PM)


    Thank you. Check Google Search Results for text and music and youtube links.

    Search for: God hath not promised, skies always blue
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, July 6, 2013

Poem Edited: Sunday, July 7, 2013


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