The Christian Year eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 203 pages of information about The Christian Year.

If thou hast loved, in hours of gloom,
   To dream the dead are near,
And people all the lonely room
   With guardian spirits dear,

Dream on the soothing dream at will: 
   The lurid mist is o’er,
That showed the righteous suffering still
   Upon th’ eternal shore.

If with thy heart the strains accord,
   That on His altar-throne
Highest exalt thy glorious Lord,
   Yet leave Him most thine own;

Oh, come to our Communion Feast: 
   There present, in the heart
As in the hands, th’ eternal Priest
   Will His true self impart. —

Thus, should thy soul misgiving turn
   Back to the enchanted air,
Solace and warning thou mayst learn
   From all that tempts thee there.

And, oh! by all the pangs and fears
   Fraternal spirits know,
When for an elder’s shame the tears
   Of wakeful anguish flow,

Speak gently of our sister’s fall: 
   Who knows but gentle love
May win her at our patient call
   The surer way to prove?


This is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 1 St. Peter ii. 19.

Praise to our pardoning God! though silent now
   The thunders of the deep prophetic sky,
Though in our sight no powers of darkness bow
   Before th’ Apostles’ glorious company;

The Martyrs’ noble army still is ours,
   Far in the North our fallen days have seen
How in her woe this tenderest spirit towers
   For Jesus’ sake in agony serene.

Praise to our God! not cottage hearths alone,
   And shades impervious to the proud world’s glare,
Such witness yield; a monarch from his throne
   Springs to his Cross and finds his glory there.

Yes:  whereso’er one trace of thee is found,
   As in the Sacred Land, the shadows fall: 
With beating hearts we roam the haunted ground,
   Lone battle-field, or crumbling prison hall.

And there are aching solitary breasts,
   Whose widowed walk with thought of thee is cheered
Our own, our royal Saint:  thy memory rests
   On many a prayer, the more for thee endeared.

True son of our dear Mother, early taught
   With her to worship and for her to die,
Nursed in her aisles to more than kingly thought,
   Oft in her solemn hours we dream thee nigh.

For thou didst love to trace her daily lore,
   And where we look for comfort or for calm,
Over the self-same lines to bend, and pour
   Thy heart with hers in some victorious psalm.

And well did she thy loyal love repay;
   When all forsook, her Angels still were nigh,
Chained and bereft, and on thy funeral way,
   Straight to the Cross she turned thy dying eye

And yearly now, before the Martyrs’ King,
   For thee she offers her maternal tears,
Calls us, like thee, to His dear feet to cling,
   And bury in His wounds our earthly fears.

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