Thoughts on the Patient Endurance of Sorrows and Sufferings
"Oh! keep me close to Thee," I prayed
One blest communion morn,
When, tabernacled in my heart,
Was Christ, my Lord, re-born;
And afterward the meaning
Of these words came to me,
"What is it, dearest Lord," I said,
"To be kept near to Thee?"
Near Thee in lowly Bethlehem,
In Egypt's exile drear,
In Nazareth's sweet hidden home,
Each holy silent year;
Near Thee in lone Gethsemani,
In Thy dread agony,
And all along Thy sorrow's way,
Even to Calvary.
Compiled and Edited by Rev. F. X. Lasance
Author of "My Prayerbook," etc.
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