And tho’ thou notest from thy safe recess

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And tho’ thou notest from thy safe recess
Old Friends burn dim, like lamps in noisome air,
Love them for what they are ; nor love them less,
Because to thee they are not what they were.

Duty Surviving Self-Love

by samuel taylor coleridge

   

 

Veiled is the future before me

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Veiled is the future before me;
Life’s checkered pathway I climb,
God in his goodness revealing
Only one step at a time.
Will the tomorrow be clouded?
Will it bring sunshine for me?
Let me lean harder, dear Saviour,
Let me lean harder on thee.

Sometime, I’ll come to the valley,
Where a grim shadow is thrown;
No human friend can go with me,
Leave me, O Lord, not alone!
Till that bright, beautiful morning,
When all the darkness shall flee,
Let me lean harder, dear Saviour,
Let me lean harder on thee.

by eliza e. hewitt  1851-1920

We feel the resurrection

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We feel the resurrection near,

our life in Christ concealed,

and with His glorious presence here

our earthen vessels filled.

O would He more of heaven bestow,

and let the vessels break,

and let our ransomed spirits go

to grasp the God we seek…

by Charles Wesley

Lift your eyes, ye lonely watchers

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Lift your eyes, ye lonely watchers,
See the host in raiment white;
List, the strains of heavenly music
Mingling with transcendent light;
Ne’er such music waked a morn;
Sons of men! the Christ is born.

Weary hearts that dwell in darkness,
Cast your dismal fears away;
Lo, the Sun on earth is shining,
For the morn has risen today,
And the light that hailed His birth,
Pours its glory on the earth!

from “Hymns of the Early Church”

Translated by John Brownlie, 1913