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The meaning of this seems to be, that, as the angels and men are constituted in wonderful order, the first of those mighty circles whose joy and delight is in obeisance, are the Beings who cast their crowns before the Throne, and fall down in adoration; while our little ones' joyous greetings to their spiritual pastors and masters, may be their first training for their eternal ecstasy of worship.
(To be continued.)
The aid of all that mourn,
To Thee for help we turn.
Also of them that die;
No dearer gift have I.
Thou askest now again; Forgive these tears of agony,
Forgive these sobs of pain.
Her voice so glad and clear;
And yet I did not fear.
Upon the heavenly gate;
Thou didst not make her wait.
We yield Thee hearty thanks, 0 Thou
Who art a Father too,
Within Thy temple new.
Thou hast received them for Thine own,
Within Thy Church on high ; They do not hear us sob and moan
Because they had to die.
They died with Christ, the holy Son,
At once to death and sin;
No victory to win.
They in the haven safely ride,
While we are out at sea;
Lest they should weep as we.
Toil sorely, heart and limb; As for those other little ships,'
We know they are with Him.'
Dear mothers, by our little graves
Let us kneel down and pray;
Has borne our babes away.
All in the morning watch He came,
We saw Him drawing near ; His presence struck through soul and frame
A strange foreboding fear.
Yet even in that cold dark hour,
And through that nameless chill, He held us with His soothing power,
And whispered, Peace, be still.
Beside that glory of repose
We had no will to weep;
Would dare to break that sleep.