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Then let us, baring our hearts and kneeling,

Sing, while we wait this Angel's sword,“ Blessed is he that cometh

In the name of the Lord !”



SHRISTEN, friend, and I will tell you

3 Why I sometimes seem so glad,

Then, without a reason changing, Soon become so grave and sad.


Half my life I live a beggar,

Ragged, helpless, and alone; But the other half a monarch,

With my courtiers round my throne.

Half my life is full of sorrow,

Half of joy, still fresh and new; One of these lives is a fancy,

But the other one is true.

While I live and feast on gladness,

Still I feel the thought remain, This must soon end,-nearer, nearer,

Comes the life of grief and pain.

While I live a wretched beggar,

One bright hope my lot can cheer; Soon, soon, thou shalt have thy kingdom,

Brighter hours are drawing near.

So you see my life is twofold,

Half a pleasure, half a grief; Thus all joy is somewhat tempered, · And all sorrow finds relief.

Which, you ask me, is the real life,

Which the Dream-the joy, or woe? Hush, friend ! it is little matter,

And, indeed—I never know.


PVC PREAD, spread thy silver wings, oh

A And seek for rest by land and sea,
And bring the tidings back to me
For thee and me and those I love.

Look how my Dove soars far away;
Go with her, heart of mine, I pray ;
Go where her fluttering silver pinions
Follow the track of the crimson day.


Is rest where cloudlets slowly creep,
And sobbing winds forget to grieve,
And quiet waters gently heave,
As if they rocked the ship to sleep?

Ah no! that southern vapour white
Will bring a tempest ere the night,
And thunder through the quiet Heaven,
Lashing the sea in its angry might.

The battle-field lies still and cold,
While stars that watch in silent light
Gleam here and there on weapons bright,
In weary sleepers’ slackened hold;

Nay, though they dream of no alarm,
One bugle sound will stir that calm,
And all the strength of two great nations,
Eager for battle, will rise and arm.

Pause where the Pilgrims' day is done,
Where scrip and staff aside are laid,
And, resting in the silent shade,
They watch the slowly sinking sun.

Ah no! that worn and weary band
Must journey long before they stand,
With bleeding feet, and hearts rejoicing,
Kissing the dust of the Holy Land.

Then find a soul who meets at last
A noble prize but hard to gain,
Or joy long pleaded for in vain,
Now sweeter for a bitter past.

Ah no! for Time can rob her yet,
And even should cruel Time forget,

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