|If you are merry, sing away,
And touch the organs sweet;
This is the Lord’s triumphant day,
Ye children in the gall’ries gay,
Shout from each goodly seat.
It shall be May to-morrow’s morn,
-I give the praise to Christ alone,
Ye little prattlers that repair
With white and crimson laughs the sky,
|At morn I prayed, “I fain would see
How Three are One, and One is Three;
Read the dark riddle unto me.”
I wandered forth, the sun and air
No partial favor dropped the rain;
And my heart murmured, “Is it meet
A presence melted through my mood,–
I saw that presence, mailed complete
Upon her bosom snowy pure
“Beware!” I said; “in this I see
I passed the haunts of shame and sin,
“Who there shall hope and health dispense,
I said, “No higher life they know;
That night with painful care I read
In vain I turned, in weary quest,
And still I prayed, “Lord, let me see
Then something whispered, “Dost thou pray
“Did not the gifts of sun and air
“In the white soul that stooped to raise
“A bodiless Divinity,
“O blind of sight, of faith how small!
“Revealed in love and sacrifice,
“The equal Father in rain and sun,
I shut my grave Aquinas fast;
And my heart answered, “Lord, I see
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Rom. 8:18
The world has often wondered at the calmness of the Lord’s humble little ones under circumstances which would cause the stoutest heart to quail. But to follow the course in life which will glorify our God and magnify His grace, to be able to meet wisely and courageously the trials and difficulties as they come to us as Christians, representatives of the King of heaven, and to meet them in the spirit of rejoicing, counting our tribulations all joy, it is necessary that our hearts be in attune with the Lord, that we have no will but His, and that the fear of man, which bringeth a snare, shall be overcome. We cannot accomplish this in our own strength, but in the strength of God alone.
Be Encouraged, Tea Friends
Peace and Blessings
34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
Matthew 25: 34-40
|Come, ye disconsolate, where’er you languish,
Come, at God’s altar fervently kneel;
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish–
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.
Joy of the desolate, Light of the straying,
Go, ask the infidel, what boon he brings us
Piping down the valleys wild,
Piping songs of pleasant glee,
On a cloud I saw a child,
And he laughing said to me:
“Pipe a song about a Lamb!”
So I piped with merry cheer.
“Piper, pipe that song again;”
So I piped: he wept to hear.
“Drop thy pipe, thy happy pipe;
Sing thy songs of happy cheer!”
So I sang the same again,
While he wept with joy to hear.
“Piper, sit thee down and write
In a book, that all may read.”
So he vanish’d from my sight;
And I pluck’d a hollow reed,
And I made a rural pen,
And I stain’d the water clear,
And I wrote my happy songs
Every child may joy to hear.
– William Blake