Resting

Resting on the faithfulness of Christ our Lord,Resting on the fulness of His own sure Word,Resting on His wisdom, on His love and power,Resting on His covenant from hour to hour.Resting in the fortress while the foe is nigh,Resting in the lifeboat while the waves roll high,Resting in His chariot for the swift, glad race,Resting, […]

Colossians 3:2

Why do we cling to earth? Its sweetest pleasuresAre transient as the snowflake of the spring;Like early mist its most abiding treasures,Or foam of ocean wave. To earth why do we cling? Why do we cling to earth? Is it the fleeting brightnessOf her gay robes? fair fields, green forest trees,Grand mountains, lovely dells, or […]

Leaving Us an Example, that ye should follow His Steps

    O Jesu, Thou didst leave Thy glorious home,   Of brightness more than mortal eye could bear,   And joys ineffable, alone to roamThrough earth’s dark wilderness in grief and want and care.   Thou didst exchange the praise of seraph voices      For sin-made discords and the wail of pain,   The anthems swelling high where […]

Matthew 14:23

It is the quiet evening time, the sun is in the west,And earth enrobed in purple glow awaits her nightly rest;The shadows of the mountain peaks are lengthening o’er the sea,And the flowerets close their eyelids on the shore of Galilee.The multitude are gone away, their restless hum doth cease,The birds have hushed their music, […]

‘I Leave it all with Thee.’

Yes, I will leave it all with Thee,And only ask that I may beSubmissive to Thy loving will,Confiding, waiting, trusting still.Thou every fond desire dost knowWhich in my inmost heart doth glow;Thou hearest every secret sighWhen silent sorrow’s power is nigh.Omniscience alone may tellThe thoughts which in my spirit dwell;But ’t is a soothing word […]

Making Poetry

Little one, what are you doing,   Sitting on the window-seat?Laughing to yourself, and wirting,Some right merry thought inditing,   Balancing with swinging feet. ‘ ’T is some poetry I’m making,   Though I never tried before:Four whole lines! I’ll read them to you.Do you think them funny, do you?   Shall I try to make some more? ‘I […]

This Same Jesus

Acts 1:11 ‘This same Jesus!’ Oh! how sweetly   Fall those words upon the ear,Like as well of far off music,   In a nightwatch still and drear! He who healed the hopeless leper,   He who dried the widow’s tear;He who changed to health and gladness   Helpless suffering, trembling fear; He who wandered, poor and homeless,   By […]

I Gave My Life for Thee

Motto placed under a picture of our Saviour in the study of a German Divine. I gave My life for thee,                    Gal 2:20   My precious blood I shed,            1 Pet. 1:19That thou might’st ransomed be,     Eph 1:7   And quickened from the dead       Eph 2:10I gave My […]

September 1868

An April burst of beauty,   And a May like the Mays of old,And a glow of summer gladness   While June her long days told;And a hush of golden silence   All through the bright July,Without one peal of thunder,   Or a storm-wreath in the sky;And a fiery reign of August,   Till the moon was on the […]

Peace

   Is this the Peace of God, this strange, sweet calm?The weary day is at its zenith still,Yet ‘tis as if beside some cool, clear rill,   Through shadowy stillness rose an evening psalm,And all the noise of life were hushed away,And tranquil gladness reigned with gently soothing sway.    It was not so just now. […]

Compensation

Oh, the compensating springs! Oh, the balance-wheels of life, Hidden away in the workings under the seeming strife!

Our Father

"Oh, that I loved the Father With depth of conscious love,

The Ministry of Song

In God's great field of labor All work is not the same; Prelude; Amid the broken waters of our ever-restless thought, Oh be my verse an answering gleam from highter radiance caught; That where through dark o'er-arching boughs of sorrow, doubt, and sin, The glorious Star of Bethlehem upon the flood looks in, Its tiny […]

Only for One

I have a smile my friends to greet, Hearty and pleasant for all I meet, I have a smile my friends to greet, Hearty and pleasant for all I meet, Hidden from none: But I have a smile that they do not know, Lit by a deeper, tenderer glow, And I keep it bright in […]

I Bring My Sins to Thee

I bring my sins to Thee, The sins I cannot count, I bring my sins to Thee, The sins I cannot count, That all may cleansed be In Thy once opened Fount; I bring them Saviour, all to Thee; The burden is too great for me. I bring my griefs to Thee, The grief I […]

I Could Not Do Without Thee

I could not do without Thee, O Saviour of the lost, I could not do without Thee, O Saviour of the lost, Whose precious blood redeemed me At such tremendous cost: Thy righteousness, Thy pardon, Thy sacrifice, must be My only hope and comfort, My glory and my plea. I could not do without Thee, […]

They Say There Is a Hollow

They say there is a hollow, safe and still, A point of coolness and repose From "The Thoughts of God" They say there is a hollow, safe and still, A point of coolness and repose Within the centre of a flame, where life might dwell Unharmed and unconsumed, as in a luminous shell, Which the […]

The Turned Lesson

"I thought I knew it!" she said;           "I thought I had learnt it quite!" "I thought I knew it!" she said;           "I thought I had learnt it quite!" But the gentle teacher shook her head,           With a grave, yet loving light In the eyes that fell on the upturned face,           As […]

August on the Mountains

There is sultry gloom on the mountain's brow      And a sultry glow beneath; There is sultry gloom on the mountain's brow      And a sultry glow beneath; Oh, for a breeze from the western sea, Soft and reviving, sweet and free, Over the shadowless hill and lea,      Over the barren heath.   There […]

April

O the wealth of pearly blossom! O the woodland's emerald gleam! O the welcome, welcome sunshine on the diamond-sparkling stream! O the wealth of pearly blossom! O the woodland's emerald gleam! O the welcome, welcome sunshine on the diamond-sparkling stream! O the carol from the hawthorn, and the trill from dazzling blue! O the glory […]

‘The Things Which are Behind’

Leave behind earth's empty pleasure,    Fleeting hope and changeful love; Leave behind earth's empty pleasure,    Fleeting hope and changeful love; Leave its soon-corroding treasure;    There are better things above.   Leave, oh, leave thy fond aspirings,    Bid thy restless heart be still; Cease, oh cease, thy vain desirings,    Only seek […]

Daily Strength

"As thy day thy strength shall be!" This should be enough for thee; "As thy day thy strength shall be!" This should be enough for thee; He who knows thy frame will spare Burdens more than thou canst bear. When thy days are veiled in night, Christ shall give thee heavenly light; Seem they wearisome […]

Whose I Am

 Whose I Am Jesus, Master, whose I am, Jesus, Master, whose I am,    Purchased Thine alone to be, By Thy blood, O spotless Lamb,    Shed so willingly for me; Let my heart be all Thine own, Let me live to Thee alone.   Other lords have long held sway;    Now, Thy name […]