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Meet for thy lowly shrine: Sooner than they should miss where Thou dost dwell, Angels from Heaven will stoop to guide them to thy cell.
Still, as the day comes round
For Thee to be reveald,
Abiding in the field.
O faint not ye for fear
What though your wandering sheep,
Lie lost in wilful sleep?
Think on th' eternal home,
The Saviour left for you ;
To dwell with hearts untrue :
ST. STEPHEN'S DAY.
He, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. Acts vii. 55.
around the source of light Stream upward ere he glow in sight, And watching by his future flight
Set the clear heavens on fire ;
Is gather'd in that choir.
1 Wheatley on the Common Prayer, c. v. sect. iv. 2. “ As there are three kinds of martyrdom, the first both in will and deed, which is the highest; the second in will but not in deed; the third in deed but not in will; so the Church commemorates these martyrs in the same order : St. Stephen first, who suffered death both in will and deed ; St. John the Evangelist next, who suffered martyrdom in will but not in deed; the holy Innocents last, who suffered in deed but not in will.”
One presses on, and welcomes death :
Content to die or live :
Unconscious witness give.
Foremost and nearest to his throne,
The holy Stephen kneels,
Seeing what death conceals.
Well might you guess what vision bright
Their solar source betray-
He sees them all ; and earth's dull bounds
Are melting fast away.
He sees them all-no other view
Man's sullen heart and gross“ Jesu, do Thou my soul receive : “ Jesu, do Thou my foes forgive :" He who would learn that prayer, must live
Under the holy Cross.
He, though he seem on earth to move,
Must draw his purer breath ;
The lines of Jesus' death.
m And all that were in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel. Acts vi. 15.
ST. JOHN'S DAY.
Peter seeing hiin, saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.
St. John xxi. 21, 22.
« LORD, and what shall this man do?"
Ask’st thou, Christian, for thy friend? If his love for Christ be true,
Christ hath told thee of his end : This is he whom God
approves, This is he whom Jesus loves.
Ask not of him more than this,
Leave it in his Saviour's breast,
He in youth shall find his rest,
Whether in his lonely course
(Lonely, not forlorn) he stay, Or with Love's supporting force