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“ FEAR NOT.... I HAVE THE KEYS OF THE GRAVE AND
OH, cling not, Trembler, to life's fragile bark :
It fills—it soon must sink :
'Tis agony to think
And see the outstretched arm of Love.
Cling not to this poor life : unlock thy clasp
Of fleeting, vapoury air.
But let the wings of prayer
And life from God shall enter thee.
Oh, fear not Him who walks the stormy wave :
'Tis not a spectre, but the Lord. Trust thou in Him who overcame the Grave,
Who holds in captive ward The powers of Hell. Heed not the monster grim;
Nor fear to go through death to Him.
Look not so fondly back on this false Earth :
Let hope not linger here.
Or the transition fear,
Although it wakes and mounts alone ?
But thou art not alone : on either side
The portal, friends stand guard :
Why, why should it be hard,
Or Him who died that soul to save ?
Into His hands commit thy trembling spirit,
Who gave His life for thine.
To Him thy heart resign.
Into His hands who is thy All.
" TO ABIDE IN THE FLESH IS MORE NEEDFUL.
I will take refuge in my God
From man, and sin, and woe.
To know as angels know;
And be as angels pure.
Bliss unalloyed and sure.
But shall I shun the sacred fight
Which good maintains with ill ?
Be mine to wrestle still.
Can I his soldier be:
For Him who died for me.
Nor would I too impatient pry
The awful veil within ;
Of God-resisting sin.
For Heaven's own light to stay. The night, the night, is well-nigh spent :
Ere long it will be day.
“ HE THAT DWELLETI IN LOVE, DWELLETH IN GOD,
AND GOD IN HIM.”
To love, where love is shewn to me,
With smile a smile to greet-
In friendship’s bonds to meet
To light at other's torch the flame,
And burn, one common fire-
On a responsive wire
This were not hard, 'twere but to own
The force of nature's might,
Where harmonies unite.
But for the living torch to burn,
Tho' all around be chill-
To feed love's fervours still