Posted by: Sherry Goodwin | October 10, 2008

EARLY FAITH

WHOM hear we tell of all the joy which loving Faith can
bring,
The ever-widening glories reached on her strong seraph
wing?
Is it not oftenest they who long have wrestled with temp-
tation,
Or passed through fiery baptisms of mighty tribulation?

Perhaps in life’s great tapestry the darkest scenes are
where
The golden threads of faith glance forth most radiant and
fair;
And gazing on the coming years which unknown griefs
may bring,
We hail the lamp which o’er them all shall heavenly
lustre fling.

Thank God!  there is at eventide a gleam of ruby light,
A star of love amid the gloom of sorrow’s lingering night,
An ivy wreath upon the tomb, a haven in the blast,
A staff for weary trembling ones, when youth and health
are past.

But shall we seek the diamonds in the lone and dusky
mine,
When ‘mid the sunny sands of youth they wait to flash
and shine?
Neglect the fountain of true joy till woe-streams darkly
flow,
Nor seek a Father’s smile until the world’s cold frown we
know?

Nay!  be our faith the rosy crown on morn’s unwrinkled
brow,
The sparkling dewdrop on the grass, the blossom on the
bough;
The gleam of pearly light within the snowy-bosomed
shell;
An added power of loveliness in beauty’s every spell.

Oh, let it be the sunlight of the pleasant summer hours,
That calls to pure and radiant birth unnumbered fragrant
flowers,
That bathes in golden joyance every anthem-murmuring
tree,
And spreads a robe of glory o’er the silver-crested sea.

Oh, let it be the keynote of the symphony of gladness
Which wots not of the broken lyre, the requiem of sad-
ness;
For they who melodies of heaven in hours of brightness
know
Will modulate sweet harmony from earth’s discordant
woe.
F.R.H.

Frances Ridley Havergal from BRUEY:  A LITTLE WORKER FOR CHRIST

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