I take my portion from Thy hand

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I take my portion from Thy hand,
And do not seek to understand;
For I am blind, while Thou dost see,
Thy will is mine, whate’er it be.
  Whate’er it be! whate’er it be!
I do not fear, whate’er it be!
Thy love divine sustaineth me;
  Thy will is mine, whate’er it be.
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When darkness doth Thy face obscure,
And many sorrows I endure,
I think of Christ’s Gethsemane;
Thy will is mine, whate’er it be.
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When tender joys to me are known,
I render thanks to Thee alone;
I know my cup is filled by Thee;
Thy will is mine, whate’er it be.
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Thus calmly do I face my lot,
Accept it, Lord, and doubt Thee not;
Lo! all things work for good to me;
Thy will is mine, whate’er it be.
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Frank Pytel

Chicago, Illinois, United States

As the man Jesus lined up His will with the Father’s will in his intense prayer at Gethsemane, may I be in line with the Father’s will to do it for His pleasure. Not in line with circumstances and situations that seem so big and unchanging, but only focused on doing the will of the Father in the midst of all of it! “Not as I will, but as you will” (Matt. 26:39)!


Ana Lara

Tolland, Connecticut, United States

This hymn was written by Elta M. Lewis. Her biography remains obscure as there is no other information about her other than she lived in the 19C.

The composer of this tune is James Kirkpatrick (1828-1921). He was an American sacred music composer who published over eighty gospel song collections over a period of seventeen years. He composed for Fanny Crosby the tune to "He hideth my soul" If you find any information on Ms Lewis, please be sure to add a comment.


Malcolm Meetze

This hymn just reminds me that whatever it is that I go through in life, the Lord has it there for a reason unknown. We just need to take our portion from the Lord and accept "whate'er it be! whate'er it be!"