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THE WEDDING FEAST
COURAGE, O faithful heart;
Bitter tears shedding; Hark ! how the chimes ring out
Joy for the wedding!
Open the golden doors;
Through the high portal Let the rich glory stream
Sea-like, immortal! Open the golden doors
Wide from the centre ;— Countless the multitude
Hither must enter!
Light up the palace halls,
From roof-tree to basement, Bid the warm festal glow,
Flood every casement: Chant ye the bridal song
Solemn and holy, Waking to Paradise
Souls that lie lowly.
Out of old battle-fields
Out of still village yards
And dank charnel-chambers,
Under far waters
Where sleep the martyrs.
Dives and Lazarus
One with the other;
Foeman and brother,
Braving death's shadow,
As flower in the meadow : —
Out of the million haunts
Where dead men lie idle, Out of life's thousand ways : —
Call to. the bridal: Open the golden doors
Wide from the centre! For they that are ready
To glory shall enter!
W. E. Littlewood
INTO a desolate land
Our truant footsteps go:
Over the pathless wild
Do I not see Him come? Him who shall bear me back,
Him who shall lead me home?
Unto the straining ear,
"Jesus is near."
Over me He is bending!
Now I can safely rest,
Close to the Shepherd's breast:
Sound on the homeward track, And the rejoicing angels
Welcome us back!
W. E. Litthwood
FAR away, where the tempests play,
Onward yet, till our hearts forget
The loves that we leave behind, Till the memories dear, that thrill in our ear,
Flow past like the whistling wind!
Let them come, sweet thoughts of home,
And voices we loved of old ;— What care we, that sail the sea,
Bound for a Land of Gold?
Gems there are which are lovelier far
Jewels bright, as the magic light
Crowns that gleam like a fairy dream,
Treasures of price untold: And we are bound for that charmed ground,
We sail for the Land of Gold!
W. E. Littlewood
THE FOOLISH VIRGINS
LATE, late, so late ! and dark the night, and chill!
No light had we, for that we do repent;
No light, so late! and dark and chill the night!
Have we not heard the Bridegroom is so sweet?