Wednesday, July 3, 2002
Feast of Thomas the Apostle
Long did I toil, and knew no earthly rest,Far did I rove, and found no certain home;At last I sought them in His sheltering breast,Who opes His arms and bids the weary come:With Him I found a home, a rest divine,And I since then am His, and He is mine. The good I have is from His stores supplied:The ill is only what He deems the best.He for my friend, I’m rich with naught beside;And poor without Him, though of all possessed.Changes may come—I take, or I resignContent, while I am His, and He is mine. Whate’er may change, in Him no change is seen,A glorious Sun, that wanes not, nor declines;Above the clouds and storms He walks serene,And on His people’s inward darkness shines;All may depart—I fret not nor repine,While I my Saviour’s am, while He is mine. While here, alas! I know but half His love,But half discern Him, and but half adore;But when I meet Him in the realms above,I hope to love him better, praise Him more,And feel, and tell, amid the choir divine,How fully I am His, and He is mine.
... J. Quarles (1624-1665) & Henry F. Lyte (1793-1847), Miscellaneous Poems, London: Rivingtons, 1868, p. 75
(see the book; see also Ruth 1:16,17; Ps. 102:25-26; 1 Cor. 2:14-16; 1 Tim. 6:7-9; more at Attitudes, Contentment, Providence, Serene, Work)
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