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Poems of Dawn
PO 1
"A bending staff I would not break,
A feeble faith I would not shake,
Nor even rudely pluck away
The error which some truth may stay,
Whose sudden loss might leave without
A shield against the shafts of doubt."
PO 3
The Household of Faith
"Brethren, giving all diligence, add to your faith
virtue (steadfastness); and to virtue knowledge;
and to knowledge temperance (self-control);
and to temperance patience; and to
patience godliness; and to godliness
brotherly kindness; and
to brotherly kindness
For if these things
be in you and abound,
they shall make you that you
shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the
knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."--2 Pet. 1:5-8.
PO 5
GREAT truths are dearly bought. The common truth,
Such as men give and take from day to day,
Comes in the common walk of easy life,
Blown by the careless wind across our way.
Great truths are dearly won; not found by chance,
Nor wafted on the breath of summer dream;
But grasped in the great struggle of the soul,
Hard buffeting with adverse wind and stream.
Sometimes, 'mid conflict, turmoil, fear and grief,
When the strong hand of God, put forth in might,
Ploughs up the subsoil of the stagnant heart,
It brings some buried truth-seeds to the light.
Not in the general mart, 'mid corn and wine;
Not in the merchandise of gold and gems;
Not in the world's gay hall of midnight mirth,
Nor 'mid the blaze of regal diadems;
Not in the general clash of human creeds,
Nor in the merchandise 'twixt church and world,
Is truth's fair treasure found, 'mongst tares and weeds;
Nor her fair banner in their midst unfurled.
PO 6
Truth springs like harvest from the well-ploughed fields,
Rewarding patient toil, and faith, and zeal.
To those thus seeking her, she ever yields
Her richest treasures for their lasting weal.
THE Word of Truth is like a stained-glass window rare,
We stand outside and gaze, but see no beauty there,
No fair design, naught but confusion we behold;
'Tis only from within the glory will unfold,
And he who would drink in the rapture of the view
Must climb the winding stair, the portal enter through.
The sacred door of Truth's cathedral is most low,
And all who fain would enter there the knee must bow
In deep humility. But once inside, the light
Of day streams through and makes each color heavenly bright,
The Master's great design we see, our hands we raise
In reverent ecstasy of wonder, love and praise!
BUILD thee more stately mansions, O my soul,
As the swift seasons roll!
Leave thy low vaulted past!
Let each new temple, nobler than the last,
Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast,
Till thou at length art free,
Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea.
PO 7
OH, wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!
True wisdom its pages unfold;
And though we may read them a thousand times o'er,
They never, no never, grow old!
Each line hath a pleasure, each promise a pearl,
That all if they will may secure;
And we know that when time and the world pass away,
God's Word shall forever endure.
Oh, wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!
The lamp that our Father above
So kindly hath lighted to teach us the way
That leads to the arms of His love!
Its warnings, its counsels, are faithful and just;
Its judgments are perfect and pure;
And we know that when time and the world pass away,
God's Word shall forever endure.
Oh, wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!
Our only salvation is there;
It carries conviction down deep in the heart,
And shows us ourselves as we are.
It tells of a Savior, and points to the cross,
Where pardon we now may secure;
And we know that when time and the world pass away
God's Word shall forever endure.
PO 8
LUKE 10:16.
'TIS one thing now to read the Bible through,
Another thing to read, to learn and do;
'Tis one thing now to read it with delight,
And quite another thing to read it right.
Some read it with design to learn to read,
But to the subject pay but little heed;
Some read it as their duty once a week,
But no instruction from the Bible seek;
Whilst others read it without common care,
With no regard to how they read or where.
Some read it as a history, to know
How the people lived three thousand years ago.
Some read to bring unto themselves repute,
By showing others how they can dispute;
Whilst others read because their neighbors do,
To see how long 'twill take to read it through.
Some read it for the wonders that are there,
How David killed a lion and a bear;
Whilst others read--or rather in it look--
Because, perhaps, they have no other book.
Some read the blessed Book--they don't know why,
It somehow happens in the way to lie;
Whilst others read it with uncommon care,
But all to find some contradictions there.
PO 9
One reads with father's specs upon his head,
And sees the thing just as his father did;
Another reads through Campbell or through Scott,
And thinks it means exactly what they thought.
Some read to prove a pre-adopted creed,
Thus understand but little what they read;
And every passage in the Book they bend
To make it suit that all-important end.
Some people read, as I have often thought,
To teach the Book, instead of to be taught.
GEN. 22:16, 18. GAL. 3:8, 16, 29.
FROM the Scriptures of truth this conclusion we draw,
--2 Tim. 3:16; John 17:17.
That the wisdom of men nor the works of the Law
--1 Cor. 1:19; Isa. 5:21; Rom. 3:20.
Have the power to cleanse, nor forgive, nor to save,
--Rom. 10:4; Heb. 7:19.
Nor restore from the curse, nor redeem from the grave.
--Gal. 3:21; Gal. 2:16,21.
Men are saved by their faith in the Crucified One,
--Rom. 10:9; Acts 16:31; Heb. 11:6.
When His love and His goodness to them are made known.
--Rom. 10:13-15; 1 Cor. 1:21; John 3:18; 1 Tim. 2:3-6.
Saving faith comes by hearing the life-giving Word,
--Rom. 10:17; Phil. 2:16.
And the mercy of God through the Savior conferred.
--2 Cor. 5:19; 1 Tim. 2:3-6.
PO 10
All who will may be saved by obedient faith,
--John 3:18; Rev. 22:14-17.
And may gain life unending through Christ, by His death.
--Mark 10:30.
For the Gospel salvation to all is made free:
--Titus 2:11.
As they heed its instruction their judgment will be.
--Rom. 2:16; John 3:18.
Endless life is for those who the Gospel accept,
--John 3:16; Mark 10:30; Rom. 6:23.
But death is the portion of those who reject.
--Acts 3:23; Heb. 10:26,27; Rom. 6:23.
For there's no other way that's revealed by the Lord
--Acts 4:12; John 14:6.
To redeem fallen man but through Christ and His Word.
--Titus 2:13,14; Gal. 3:13.
"The heavens are the Lord's, but the earth He hath given
--Psa. 115:16; Isa. 45:18.
To the children of men," as their home and their heaven.
--Psa. 37:29; Matt. 6:10.
Wicked rulers and nations thus far have borne sway
--Dan. 2; 2 Tim. 3:13; Isa. 60:2.
And their reign has led down from the gold to the clay.
--Dan. 2:31,44.
But the Age for the world's promised blessing is near,
--Gen. 12:3; Gen. 22:18; Psa. 72:17; Rev. 15:4.
When the true Light that lighteth all men shall appear.
--John 1:4,7,9; John 8:12; Dan. 2:44.
God has been taking out from the world for His name
--Acts 15:14; Rev. 5:9,10.
PO 11
A faithful, tried people with Jesus to reign.
--2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 7:14; Mark 10:30.
Those sleeping in Christ from the dead will arise,
--1 Cor. 15:23,52.
And with "those who remain" meet the Lord of the skies,
--1 Thess. 4:16,17; Mark 13:27.
Who will come to the earth with His chosen again,
--Zech. 14:4,5; 1 Thess. 3:13; Jude 14.
And over the nations commence His just reign.
--Matt. 25:31,32; Luke 1:32,33; Isa. 2:3; Isa. 9:6,7.
As a Body perfected the "seed" will then bless
--1 Cor. 12:27; Col. 1:18; Gen. 22:18.
All the peoples of earth with the blessings of peace.
--Gal. 3:8,16,29; Luke 2:10,14.
These elect ones with Christ shall forever abide,
--1 Thess. 4:17.
As His loved and honored and glorified Bride.
--John 3:29; Matt. 25:1; Rom. 7:17,18.
All the powers of earth to an end shall be brought,
--Psa. 10; Rev. 2:26,27; Jer. 25:29,33.
And their rule and authority soon come to naught.
--1 Cor. 15:24; Phi. 2:10.
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