only One

 Thou art the source and centre of all minds,

Their only point of rest, Eternal Word.

From Thee departing, they are lost, and rove

At random, without honour, hope, or peace.

From Thee is all that soothes the life of man,

His high endeavour and his glad success,

His strength to suffer and his will to serve.

But oh, Thou Sovereign Giver of all good,

Thou art of all Thy gifts Thyself the crown;

Give what Thou canst, without Thee we are poor,

And with Thee rich, take what Thou wilt away.


Puisi di atas dimuat di novel Loss and Gain karya Newman(1848). Newman sendiri mengutip dari Cowper. Puisinya mengingatkanku pada tulisan Pdt. Yohan Candawasa tentang mengharapkan TUHAN sendiri, bukan berkatNya.


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