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“ PETER SEETH THE DISCIPLE WHOM JESUS LOVED."
* LORD, and what shall this man do?'
Ask’st thou, Christian, for thy friend ?
Christ hath told thee of his end :
Ask not of him more than this,
Leave it in his Saviour's breast,
He in youth shall find his rest,
Whether in his lonely course
(Lonely, not forlorn) he stay,
Cheat the toil and cheer the way :
Gales from heaven, if so He will,
Sweeter melodies can wake In the lonely mountain rill,
Than the meeting waters make : Who hath the Father and the Son, May be left, but not alone.
Sick or healthful, slave or free,
Wealthy, or despised and poor What is that to him or thee,
So his love to Christ endure ? When the shore is won at last, Who will count the billows past ?
Only, since our souls will shrink
At the touch of natural grief, When our earthly loved ones sink,
Lend us, Lord, thy sure relief; Patient hearts, their pain to see, And thy grace, to follow Thee.
" MEEK AND LOWLY IN HEART.
For thou wert born of woman! thou didst come,
Not in thy dread omnipotent array ;
But thee, a soft and naked child,
Thy mother undefiled,
From off her virgin breast.
The heavens were not commanded to prepare
Nor stooped their lamps thienthroned fires on high :
The eastern sages leading on
As at a kingly throne,
Before Thy infant feet.
The earth and ocean were not hushed to hear
Nor at thy presence brake the voice of song
One angel troop the strain began,
Of all the race of man
That soft Hosanna's tone.
And when thou didst depart, no car of flame
Nor visible angels mourned with drooping plumes :
For Thou didst bear away from earth
But one of human birth,
In Paradise with Thee.
Nor o'er Thy cross the clouds of vengeance brake ;
At that foul deed by her fierce children done ;
While Thou didst sleep beneath the toml),
Consenting to Thy doom :
Upon the sealed stone.
And when Thou didst arise, Thou didst not stand
Plaguing the guilty city's murtherous crew;
Then calmly, slowly didst Thou rise
Into thy native skies,
In its own radiancy.