were many children, gazing with open-eyed curiosity.
The hundredth psalm was given out and the silence
of the woods was broken by a volume of melody.
The reading from St John where is told the institution
of the last supper, was followed by a prayer of thanksgiving,
that even in the forest-wilderness heaven’s
manna was to be found by those who seek for it, with
passionate entreaty for forgiveness and cleanness of
heart. Then singing and the sermon, a loving
call to remember heavenly things in the eager seeking
for what is needed for the body; the old truth that
God is a spirit and can be approached only by each
individual spirit, that no man, whatever his pretensions,
can come between the soul and its Maker, and no ceremony
or oblation effect reconcilement. The invitation
to come to the table was that all who loved the Lord
should do so. Slowly and reverently those who
responded moved downward to take their seats on a
bench fronting the table of a single plank. Looking
across the creek there faced them a luxuriant vine,
clinging high on the trees that supported its mass
of purple foliage. Amid these surroundings of
Nature the love of Him who condemned formalism and
who was simplicity’s very essence, was recalled.
When the parting song was sung, and the people began
to leave to attend the home-duties that could not wait,
the old shepherd expressed himself satisfied that
seed had been sown that would bear fruit, and so it
Lines on the Gordon Sellar who was drowned in his boyhood
O that day of desolation!
O that hour
of dumb despair!
Why, instead, was I
leaf the bud to spare?
Why thy joyous life
born thus to die?
Whither hast thy spirit
Here a moment
then to fly?
Come, O Faith, in all
high above my woe;
Leave with God this
hour of darkness,
not the cause to know.
Nevermore, my son, I’ll
thy voice I’ll hear.
Till I scan the towers
and the Saviour dear.
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