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318. 1 Faith, Hope and Charity, - these three,
Yet is the greatest Charity ! Father of lights, these gifts impart
To mine and every human heart :2 Faith, that in prayer can never fail,
Hope, that o'er doubting must prevail,
Is God's own name, for “ God is Love." 3 The morning star is lost in light,
Faith vanishes at perfect sight;
And Hope with sorrow's fading form :4 But Charity, serene, sublime,
Beyond the range of death and time, Like the blue sky's all-bounding space, Holds heaven and earth in its embrace.
319. L. M.
The springs whence wrong opinions flow;
When frailty errs, and when we sin. 2 Who among men, high Lord of all,
Thy servant to his bar shall call,
3 Who with another's eye can read,
Or worship by another's creed?
We humbly seek, and use our own. 4 If wrong, forgive; approve, if right;
While faithful we obey our light,
To follow as to learn Thy will.
Thy people fashioned in Thy mould,
1 Father of mercies! send Thy grace,
All-powerful from above,
The image of Thy love.
The generous pleasure know,
And weep for others' woe !
In low distress are laid,
And swift our hands to aid !
4 Under the gentle sway of love
Be every passion brought;
In every act and thought!
1 Come, let us sound her praise abroad,
Sweet Charity, the child of God !
The sheltered babes of misery rest :
Reckless of name, or sect, or creed,
To bathe his wounds in oil and wine : 3 Who in her robe the sinner hides,
And soothes and pities while she chides ; Who lends an ear to every cry,
And asks no plea but misery. 4 Her tender mercies freely fall
Like heaven's refreshing dews on all;
Her friends, her foes, - the human race. 5 Nor bounded to the earth alone,
Her love expands to worlds unknown; Wherever Faith's rapt thought has soared, Or Hope her upward flight explored.
322. L. M.
Nothing that bond may overpower;
Nor distance breaks the tie of blood. 2 If they who hate the trespass most,
Yet, when all other love is lost,
God's mark outwears the rankest blot. 3 Oh! might we all our lineage prove,
Give and forgive, do good and love,
Lightening the load of daily life. 4 Wild thoughts within, and cares without,
With strong temptations round about,
To spoil love's earthly paradise.
Let the world take us as she may,
1 As body when the soul has fled,
As barren trees, corrupt and dead,
2 One cup of healing oil and wine,
One tear-drop shed on mercy's shrine,
Than lifted eye or bended knee. 3 To doers only of the Word
Propitious is the righteous Lord;
And heals their wounds, and soothes their cares. 4 In true and genuine Faith we trace
The source of every Christian grace;
A living fount of joy and praise.
Where'er it winds its secret way ;
1 All nature feels attractive power,
A strong embracing force;
The planets in their course. 2 Thus in the universe of mind
Is felt the law of Love,
For all that live and move.