BETA

Early Faith.


Whom hear we tell of all the joy which loving Faith can
bring,
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The ever-widening glories reach’d on her strong seraph
wing ?
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Is it not oftenest they who long have wrestled with
temptation,
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Or pass’d through fiery baptisms of mighty tribu-
lation ?
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Perhaps, in life’s great tapestry, the darkest scenes are
where
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The golden threads of Faith glance forth most radiant
and fair :
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And, gazing on the coming years, which unknown griefs
may bring,
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We hail the lamp which o’er them all shall heavenly
lustre fling.
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Thank God !  there is at eventide a gleam of ruby
light,
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A star of love amid the gloom of sorrow’s lingering
night,
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An ivy-wreath upon the tomb, a haven in the blast,11
A staff for weary trembling ones, when youth and health
are past.
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But shall we seek the diamonds in the lone and dusky
mine,
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When ’ mid the sunny sands of youth they wait to flash
and shine ?
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Neglect the fountain of Christ’s joy till woe-streams
darkly flow,
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Nor seek a Father’s ‘smile until the world’s cold frown
we know ?
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Nay !  be our faith the rosy crown on morn’s unwrinkled
brow,
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The sparkling dew-drop on the grass, the blossom on the
bough ;
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The gleam of pearly light within the snowy-bosom’d
shell ;
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An added power of loveliness in beauty’s every spell.20
Oh, let it be the sunlight of the pleasant summer
hours,
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That calls to pure and radiant birth unnumber’d fra-
grant flowers ;
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That bathes in golden joyance every anthem-murmuring
tree,
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And spreads a robe of glory o’er the silver-crested sea.24
Oh, let it be the keynote of the symphony of gladness,25
Which wots not of the broken lyre, the requiem of sad-
ness
:
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For they who melodies of heaven in hours of brightness
know,
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Will modulate sweet harmony from earth’s discordant
woe.
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