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When Winds are Raging O’er the Upper Ocean
Harriet Beecher Stowe (14th June, 1811 – 1st July, 1896)

When winds are raging o’er the upper ocean,
And billows wild contend with angry roar,
’Tis said, far down beneath the wild commotion,
That peaceful stillness reigneth evermore.

Far, far beneath the noise of tempest dieth,
And silver waves chime ever peacefully;
And no rude storm, how fierce so’er he flieth,
Disturbs the Sabbath of that deeper sea.

So to the soul that knows Thy love, O Purest.
There is a temple peaceful evermore.
And all the babble of life’s angry voices
Dies in hushed stillness at its sacred door.

Far, far away the noise of passion dieth,
And loving thoughts rise ever peacefully;
And no rude storm, how fierce so’er he flieth,
Disturbs that deepest rest, O Lord in Thee.

Painting by Joseph Mallord William Turner, RA (circa 1775 – 1851)

Joseph Mallord William Turner

 

 

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