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4. Deep horror then my vitals froze,
Death-struck, I ceased the tide to stem;
It was the Star of Bethlehem.
It bade my dark forebodings cease;
It led me to the port of peace.
I'll sing, first in night's diadem,
The Star-the Star of Bethlehem !
H. KIRKE WHITE.
None else can meet such needs as mine;
All that befits a child of Thine!
One that shall always work by love;
They shall but higher courage move.
May never from Thy way decline,
A patient heart, create in me!
1. Though sorrows rise, and dangers roll
2. Though Sinai's curse, in thunder dread,
Peals o'er mine unprotected head,
I love Thee, Lord! I love Thee still ! 3. O, by the pangs Thyself hast borne,
The ruffian's blow, the tyrant's scorn;
Hath often crossed me on my way,
That I could never answer nay. 2. I had no power to ask His name,
Whither He went, or whence He came ;
That won my love, I knew not why.
He entered; not a word He spake;
I gave Him all; He blessed and brake, 4. And ate, but gave me part again :
Mine was an angel's portion then !
The crust was manna to my taste! 5. I spied Him where a fountain burst
Clear from the rock; His strength was gone; The heedless water mocked His thirst:
He heard it, saw it hurrying on.
6. I ran and raised the Sufferer up;
Thrice from the stream He drained my cup,
I drank, and never thirsted more!
To meet a traitor's doom at morn;
And honored Him 'mid shame and scorn. 8. My friendship's utmost zeal to try,
He ask'd if I for Him would die?
But the free spirit cried, “I will!" 9. Then, in a moment, to my view,
The Stranger started from disguise;
My Saviour stood before my eyes!
“Of Me thou hast not been ashamed;
1. ABIDE with us, the evening shades
Begin already to prevail,
Dark clouds around the horizon sail. 2. Abide with us, and still unfold
Thy sacred though prophetic lore,
Stranger, we thirst, we pant for more. 3. O stay with us, and still converse
Of Him that late on Calvary died-
It was our Friend they crucified.
4. Our souls are faint, our hearts are cold,
We thought that Israel He'd restore ; But sweet the truths Thy lips have told,
And, Stranger, we complain no more. 5. Thus, while they prayed, at their request,
The Stranger bows with smile divine; Then round the board the Unknown Guest,
And weary travelers recline.
As suddenly, while breaking bread,
With radiant glories round His head! 1. Abide with us, Thou heavenly Friend,
Leave not Thy followers alone,
The heavenly Visitant is gone.
L. M. (Part 1.)*
Whom still I hold but can not see,
And I am left alone with Thee :
And wrestle till the break of day. 2. I need not tell Thee who I am;
My sin and misery declare;
Look on Thy hands and read it there;
Tell me Thy name, and tell me now. 3. In vain Thou strugglest to get free, I never will unloose
The secret of Thy love unfold :
* Genesis 32: 24–30.
4. Wilt Thou not yet to me reveal
Thy new, unutterable name?
L.M. (Part 2)
But confident in self-despair;
Be conquer'd by my instant prayer:
And tell me if Thy name be Love.
I hear Thy Whisper in my heart;
Pure, universal Love Thou art:
Thy nature and Thy name is Love.
Unspeakable I now receive;
I see Thee face to face, and live!
Thy nature and Thy name is Love.
Jesus, the feeble sinner's Friend :
But stay and love me to the end :
L. M. (Part 3)
Hath risen with healing in His wings :
My soul its life and succor brings ;