Unmanifest Destiny

One of the great issues in theology is the interplay between freewill and the omnipotence of God.  One of my favorite poets, Richard Hovey, saw the Hand of God in the events of American history in his poem Unmanifest Destiny (1898):

To what new fates, my country, far

 And unforeseen of foe or friend,

 Beneath what unexpected star

 Compelled to what unchosen end.

  Across the sea that knows no beach,

 The Admiral of Nations guides

 Thy blind obedient keels to reach

 The harbor where thy future rides!

  The guns that spoke at Lexington

 Knew not that God was planning then

 The trumpet word of Jefferson

 To bugle forth the rights of men.

  To them that wept and cursed Bull Run,

 What was it but despair and shame?

 Who saw behind the cloud the sun?

 Who knew that God was in the flame?

  Had not defeat upon defeat,

 Disaster on disaster come,

 The slave’s emancipated feet

 Had never marched behind the drum.

  There is a Hand that bends our deeds

 To mightier issues than we planned;

 Each son that triumphs, each that bleeds,

 My country, serves It’s dark command.

  I do not know beneath what sky

 Nor on what seas shall be thy fate;

 I only know it shall he high,

 I only know it shall be great. (more…)

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