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Nor slight the warning sound: “ Put off thy shoes from off thy feet“ The place where man his God shall meet,
“ Be sure, is holy ground.”
And He answered and said unto them, I tell you, that if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. St. Luke xix. 40.
YE whose hearts are beating high
(If the word be not too bold,)
And a life that ne'er grows old
Sovereign masters of all hearts !
He who gave you breath to sing,
His Hosannas here below ;-
Linger not with sin and woe.
But if ye should hold your peace,
Stones in earth's dark womb that rest, High and low in choir shall meet,
Ere His Name shall be unblest.
Lord, by every minstrel tongue
Who in that divinest spell
Give us grace to listen well.
But should thankless silence seal
Noblest things find vilest using,)
In vile things noble breath infusing ;
Then waken into sound divine
And untunable the parts,
If it flow from childlike hearts.
MONDAY BEFORE EASTER.
Doubtless Thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not. Isaiah lxiii. 16.
FATHER to me Thou art and Mother dear,
" And Brother too, kind husband of my heart”— So speaks Andromache in boding fear,
Ere from her last embrace her hero part-
Strange to our ears the church-bells of our home,
The fragrance of our old paternal fields May be forgotten ; and the time may come
When the babe's kiss no sense of pleasure yields Even to the doting mother: but thine own Thou never canst forget, nor leave alone.
c Iliad. vi. 429.
There are who sigh that no fond heart is theirs,
None loves them best—0 vain and selfish sigh ! Out of the bosom of His love He spares
The Father spares the Son, for thee to die : For thee He died-for thee He lives again: O’er thee He watches in His boundless reign.
Thou art as much His care, as if beside
Nor man nor angel liv’d in heaven or earth : Thus sunbeams pour alike their glorious tide
To light up worlds, or wake an insect's mirth : They shine and shine with unexhausted storeThou art thy Saviour's darling-seek no more.
On thee and thine, thy warfare and thine end,
Even in His hour of agony He thought, When, ere the final pang His soul should rend,
The ransom'd spirits one by one were brought To his mind's eye-two silent nights and days In calmness for His far-seen hour He stays.
d In Passion week, from Tuesday evening to Thursday evening : during which time Scripture seems to be nearly silent concerning our Saviour's proceedings.