Mary Gardiner Brainard
American poet (1837-1905)
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- I see not a step before me as I tread on another year;
But I ’ve left the Past in God’s keeping,—the Future
His mercy shall clear;
And what looks dark in the distance may brighten as I draw near.
- Not knowing, published in The Congregationalist, March 1869, and set to music as a hymn by Philip Paul Bliss in the 1870s. Thomas Corts, Glimpses of Christian History Presents More Stories: Blessed Bliss, 2007.
- I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light.
- Not knowing (1869).
- That which we look on with unselfish love
And true humility is surely ours,
Even as a lake looks at the stars above
And makes within itself a heaven of stars.
- Ownership, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).