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O Man!

O man who seeks to enter space And other worlds would claim, Hast thou yet learned the God of Heaven, His star that ne’er doth wane? You know the radiance of earth’s sun, The speed of light unseen— Hast thou yet felt God’s warming love, Known Christ the light supreme? The blood in banks—can it […]

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Spiritual Bi-Focals

Both near and far, Lord help me see Thy kingdom as proposed by thee. Nor let my eyes, immersed in tears, Or sorrow or in sodden fears, Be narrowed to a few folk here, Forgetting heathen not so near. Nor let me get far-sighted, Lord, Forgetting that thy blessed Word Is for the heathen right […]

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Winter

It’s frost-flakes, frost-flakes everywhere, And snowflakes heaped on, an ermine mound; It’s a chilling breeze as forth we fare And eerie silence all around; While even the sun gleams wanly through A cloud-veil shrouding the heaven’s blue. It’s winter, winter over the land; A leafless orchard, the meadow still, No swallow soars and no blackbirds […]

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Christmas

Out on the gulf of night A star explodes in glory. From Heaven its mercy–laden rays Are sent to tell the wondrous tale. Straight to the “House of Bread” it points Where, in the hallowed shadow of a cross, A smiling infant lies, The Bread of Heaven to earth descended. The star? Yes, the world sees […]

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Pray It Away!

When days are dark and gloom spreads far, When night is void of moon or star, When sin-born sorrows all things mar, Pray it away! When heart-aches gnaw with numbing pain, When comfort seems a thing inane, When life seems empty-handed, vain, Pray it away! When fever’s fiery fingers burn, When loves ones moan and […]

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Revelation

How can men doubt when seasons move In perfect continuity, When sun and stars and tides but prove God’s constant harmony? Who else could build the mountains high And stoop to make a flower,  Then set the planets in the sky With such majestic power? Who else, before man’s need arose, Could fill the mines […]

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October

There have been other autumns ere this one Came with its fragrant, spicy breath To claim its mystic power over human hearts; And yet, its beauty trembles in the throes of death. I have seen fleecy clouds before in rare blue skies, With sloping hillside decked with sumac, gaudy red… While foremost preened the maples, […]

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Blossom Time

The orchards, clothed in springtime dress, Are bowers of bloom and loveliness; A mass of flowers. soft and bright, A cloud of fragrant pink and white, A wonderland of blossoms reigns Where once were only barren plains. Each mystic flower drips with rare Perfume that is beyond compare; And from afar this blossom land Seems […]

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Cornucopia

Out of the seed, out of the stalk, the leaf, the flower This harvest, multicolored, multiform, Falls to the lap of earth In silent, effortless birth. Food for the race of man, and, meshed in each fruit, Seed for another generation Of root and tendril and flower— Seed for a summer bower, Cool and redolent […]

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UP, YE SOLIDERS!

All around the battle rages With the hosts of sin and wrong; Only to the true and loyal Shall the victory belong. Lo! Our Captain goes before us! Shall we follow where he leads? Who is willing for the service? Who is ripe for noble deeds? Lo, the ranks of sin and error, How they […]

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