by Richard Chenevix Trench


Pour forth the oil, pour boldly forth,

      It will not fail until 


2 Kings 4: 1-6

Pour forth the oil, pour boldly forth,

      It will not fail until

Thou failest vessels to provide

      Which it may freely fill.


But then, when such are found no more,

      Though flowing broad and free

Till then, and nourished from on high,

      It straightway stanched will be.


Dig channels for the streams of love,

      Where they may broadly run;

And love has overflowing streams

      To fill them every one.


But if at any time thou cease

      Such channels to provide,

The very founts of love for thee

      Will soon be parched and dried.


For we must share, if we would keep,

      That good thing from above;

Ceasing to give, we cease to have;

      Such is the law of love.




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