"O Thou great Being! what Thou art Surpasses me to know:
Yet sure I am, that known to Thee are all Thy works below.
Thy creature here before Thee stands, all wretched and distressed;
Yet sure those ills that wring my soul obey Thy highest behest.
Sure, Thou, Almighty, canst no act from cruelty or wrath!
Oh, free my weary eyes from tears, or close them fast in death!
But if I must afflicted be, to suit some wise design;
Then, man my soul with firm resolves to bear and not repine!"