Where does the quote 'There is a blessedness in lying still in the hands of God' come from?I remember reading this years ago and thinking how beautiful it was. I thought it might be from one of...

Where does the quote 'There is a blessedness in lying still in the hands of God' come from?

I remember reading this years ago and thinking how beautiful it was. I thought it might be from one of Shakespeares Sonnets. I would like to find out where it is from to pass onto a friend whose father has just died. Thank-you

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I found two different places when I searched the quote. The first reference I found to the quote in question, "The is a blessedness in lying still in the hands of God," is inscribed on the burial place of Lady Angela Selina Bianca St. Clair-Erskine Forbes in Rosslyn Chapel (Midlothian, Scotland). Another place I found the quote, although changed from the quote in question (to read "the blessedness of thus lying passive in the hands of God"), has been taken from "The 14th Day," or "Safe Walking" section of The Faithful Promiser (by John Ross Macduff). 

The prayer, given the quote has been used as part of prayer, is also found in The Confederate Soldiers' Pocket Manual of Devotions.

In regards to any mentioning of "blessedness" by Shakespeare, I only found two references: Griffith states "And found the blessedness of being little" in Henry VIII and Theseus states "Grows, lives, and dies, in single blessedness" in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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