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I know these blossoms, clustering heavily

With evening dew upon their folded leaves,
Can claim no value nor utility ; —
Therefore shall fragrancy and beauty be

The glory of my fheaves.

So do I gather strength and hope anew,

For well I know thy patient love perceives Not what I did, but what I strove to do; And, though the full, ripe ears be sadly few, Thou wilt accept my fheaves.

Atlantic Monthly.


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Yet high above the limits of my seeing,
And folded far within the inmost heart,
And deep below the deeps of conscious being,
Thy splendor shineth; there, O God! Thou art.

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Through waves, through clouds and storms,

He gently clears thy way;
Wait thou his time, so shall the night

Soon end in joyful day.

He everywhere hath rule,

And all things serve his might; His every act pure blessing is,

His path unsullied light.

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Leave to his sovereign sway

To choose and to command :
With wonder filled, thou then shalt own

How wise, how strong his hand.

Thou comprehend'st him not ;

Yet earth and heaven tell,
God sits as sovereign on the throne :

He ruleth all things well.

Thou seest our weakness, Lord,
· Our hearts are known to thee;
O, lift thou up the finking hand,

Confirm the feeble knee !

Let us, in life or death,

Boldly thy truth declare ;
And publish, with our latest breath,
Thy love and guardian care.


THE Lord is King ! lift up thy voice,
T O earth, and all ye heavens, rejoice!
From world to world the joy shall ring,
The Lord Omnipotent is King.

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The Lord is King! Child of the dust,
The Judge of all the earth is just :
Holy and true are all His ways:
Let every creature speak His praise.

He reigns! ye saints, exalt your strains ;
Your God is King, your Father reigns ;
And He is at the Father's side,
The Man of Love, the crucified.

Come, make your wants, your burdens known,
He will present them at the Throne;
And angel bands are waiting there
His messages of love to bear.

O, when His wisdom can mistake,
His might decay, His love forsake,
Then may His children cease to sing,
The Lord Omnipotent is King.

Alike pervaded by His eye,
All parts of His dominion lie ;
This world of ours, and worlds unseen,
And then the boundary between.

One Lord, one empire, all secures;
He reigns, and life and death are yours:
Through earth and heaven one song shall ring,
The Lord Omnipotent is King.

Josiah Conder. 1856.

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