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IT IS I: BE NOT AFRAID."
Loud was the wind, and wild the tide ;
The ship her course delayed : The Lord came to their help, and cried,
- 'Tis 1 : be not afraid."
Who walks the waves in wondrous guise,
By Nature's laws unstaid ? “'Tis I,” a well known voice replies ;
« 'Tis I : be not afraid.”
He mounts the deck: down lulls the sea ;
The tempest is allayed ;
Exclaims, “ Be not afraid.”
Thus, when the storm of life is high,
Come, Saviour, to my aid !
“ Be not afraid.”
Speak, and my griefs no more are heard ;
Speak, and my fears are laid ;
“ 'Tis I: be not afraid."
When on the bed of death I lie,
And stretch my hands for aid, Stand Thou before my glazing eye,
And say, “ Be not afraid.”
Before Thy judgment-seat above
When nature sinks dismayed,
“ 'Tis I: be not afraid.”
Worlds may around to wreck be driven,
If then I hear it said, By Him who rules through earth and heaven,
« 'Tis 1 : be not afraid.”
INSCRIPTION ON A MONUMENT
What shall we write on this memorial stone ?
Thy merits? Thou didst rest on Christ's alone.
sung in nobler strains by thee above. What wouldst thou have us write ?-A voice is
heard, “ Write, for each reader write, a warning word. - Bid him look well before him, and within ; - Talk to his heedless heart of death and sin; “ And if at these he tremble, bid him fee 66 To Christ, and find Him all in all, like me."
THE PRAYER-ANSWERING GOD.
I stand in a world where there's nothing my own,
Where the lightest event is beyond my control; But to Him that is Ruler
and alone I gladly resign, for I know Him, the whole. How pleasant,'mid changes and chances unthought,
On His wisdom and love to disburthen our care; And to know, that the God who disposes our lot
Is a God that will hear and will answer our prayer!
There are those that I love, far away from me now,
And roaming through danger by shore and by sea; And what were my feelings, my Father, if Thou
Wert less than Almighty for them and for me?