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The Saviour's Prayer

( Originally Published 1868 )



ANONYMOUS

"I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.''óJohn xvii. 15.

PILGRIM in the path of life,
Fainting in the daily strife,
Wishing, onging to be free
From thy load of misery,
Panting for the heavenly home,
Where no blighting sorrows come :
List thy Saviour's prayer for thee,
Wait his time to set thee free.

Mourner, bending o"er the dead,
From whose cheek the bloom has fled,
Gazing in the glassy eye,
Vainly asking for reply,
Wishing that thy days were done,
And thou with thy beloved one :
List thy Saviour's prayer for thee,
Wait his time to set thee free.

Aged wanderer, sad and lone,
All thy youth's companions gone,
Like blasted trunk, round which the vine
Shall never more its tendrils twine,
Like stranger on a foreign coast
Weeping o'er his treasures ost :
List thy Saviour's prayer for thee,
Wait his time to set thee free.

" Not that thou should'st take away
These thy creatures of a day,
Pray I, Father, but that in
Thy mercy thou would'st save from sin;
Keep them from the evil one,
Till their course of life is run."
This thy Saviour prayed for thee;
Patient wait till thou art free.



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