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Yet in your sympathetic heart We and our earthly griefs may ask and hope a part.
Comfort's true sons! amid the thoughts of down
That strew your pillow of repose,
By sweet remembrance soothe our woes,
Lives in our embers here,
Where'er the Cross is borne with smiles, Or lightend secretly by Love's endearing wiles :
Where'er one Levite in the temple keeps
The watch-fire of his midnight prayer,
In heavenly balm, fresh gather'd there;
Only win double life :
They have but left our weary ways To live in memory here, in heaven by love and praise. ST. JOHN BAPTIST'S DAY.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord : and he shall turn the heart of the fathers unto the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers. Malachi iv. 5, 6.
TWICE in her season of decay The fallen Church hath felt Elijah's eye
Dart from the wild its piercing ray: Not keener burns, in the chill morning sky,
The herald star,
Whose torch afar
Methinks we need him once again,
By Cherith's side we seek in vain,
Angels no more
From Sinai soar,
But wafted to her glorious place
His spirit with a dear embrace
Well-pleas'd to view
Her likeness true,
Deathless himself, he joys with thee To commune how a faithful martyr dies,
And in the blest could envy be, He would behold thy wounds with envious eyes,
Star of our morn,
Who yet unborn Didst guide our hope, where Christ should rise.
Now resting from your jealous care For sinners, such as Eden cannot know,
Ye pour for us your mingled prayer, No anxious fear to damp Affection's glow.
Love draws a cloud
From you to shroud
c St. Luke i. 74. The Babe leaped in her womb for joy.
And since we see, and not afar,
Why linger, till Elijah's car
Ye heralds seal’d
camp or field
Your Saviour's banner to display.
Where is the lore the Baptist taught,
The much-enduring wisdom, sought
Who counts it gaina
His light should wane,
Thou Spirit who the Church didst lend Her eagle wings, to shelter in the wilde,
We pray thee, ere the Judge descend, With flames like these, all bright and undefild,
Her watchfires light,
To guide aright
d St. John iii. 30. He must increase, but I must decrease. e Revelations xii. 14.
So glorious let thy Pastors shine,
First filial duty, then divine',
And ready prove
In fires of love,
ST. PETER'S DAY..
When Herod would have brought him out, the same night Peter was sleeping. Acts xii. 6.
THOU thrice denied, yet thrice belov'de,
Watch by thine own forgiven friend ;
Let his soul love thee to the end.
f Malachi iv. 6. He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers.
St. Luke i. 17. To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
g St. John xxi. 15, 16, 17.