The Great Exemplar

Did you but know the deep sublimity
Of deathless hope amid the multitude
Of frenzied fears; the cloistered quietude
Of confidence like his who calmed the sea,
Who shared the loaves and fish at Galilee,
And bore with sanguine heart and fortitude
The jeers of men, and then in solitude
The bitter cup of drear Gethsemane—
How fruitful life! How full each halcyon day,
Did you but know the comfort and the cheer
Of walking with the gentle Nazarene—
Of breasting grief and woe along the way
As free from hopelessness and dreadful fear
As he who walked to Golgotha serene!

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Signs of the Times
June 29, 1935

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