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Creation’s Lord, we give Thee thanks
That this Thy world is incomplete;
That battle calls our marshaled ranks;
That work awaits our hands and feet.

That Thou hast not yet finished man;
That we are in the making still,
As friends who share the Maker’s plan
As sons who know the Father’s will.

Beyond the present sin and shame,
Wrong’s bitter, cruel, scorching blight,
We see the beckoning vision flame,
The blessèd kingdom of the right.

What though the kingdom long delay,
And still with haughty foes must cope?
It gives us that for which to pray,
A field for toil and faith and hope.

Since what we choose is what we are,
And what we love we yet shall be,
The goal may ever shine afar—
The will to win it makes us free.


William De Witt Hyde was born this date, 9/23/1858, at Win­chen­don, Mass­a­chu­setts. He grew up with rel­a­tives (after his parent’s demise) in Keene, New Hamp­shire. He was ed­u­cat­ed at Phil­lips Acad­e­my in Ex­e­ter, Har­vard (ba­che­lor’s de­gree), Union The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­ary, and An­do­ver The­o­lo­gic­al Sem­in­ary.


He was a Congrega­tional pas­tor in Pat­er­son, New Jer­sey (1883-85).  From 1885 to 1917 he was pre­si­dent of Bow­doin Coll­ege (founded 1794).  His works in­clude: Practical Eth­ics, 1892, Practical Ideal­ism, 1897, God’s Ed­u­ca­tion of Man, 1899. Wrote “Crea­tion’s Lord, We Give Thee Thanks.”  Hyde died 6/29/1917, at Bruns­wick, Maine.

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