John Bowring

(1792-1872 / England)

Where? When? How? - Poem by John Bowring

Where? Tell me what shall be the spot
Where I shall rest from earthly care?
You need not tell-it matters not
To senseless dust and ashes-where!

When? Shall it be my mortal fate
Longer or shorter to remain
Waiting for death or soon, or late?
How little does it matter when!

How? That is wrapt in mystery;
I ask not its solution now:
He who directs all issues,-He,
And He alone, can order-how!

But this my trust, my joy shall be,
The where, the when, the how, are His
Whose infinite benignity
Is love and light, and peace and bliss!

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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