Category Archives: Poems

Flame of God

Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), missionary to India, penned these challenging lines, borne out of her own experience of sacrifice and suffering: From prayer that asks that I may be Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee, From fearing when I should aspire, From faltering when I should climb higher; From silken self, O Captain, free Thy […]

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An excerpt from “The Sexton” by Isaac Ewan

In The Caravanserai, a collection of poems by the early 20th Century Scottish poet Isaac Y. Ewan, there is an impressive and unique composition entitled “The Sexton”. A sexton is a religious official charged with taking care of a church building and its contents, organising the ringing of its bell and sometimes burying the dead in its graveyard. Ewan portrays his […]

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My Friend and My Foe

Charitie Lees Bancroft (1841-1923) is best known, and rightly so, for her hymn “Before the Throne of God Above”.* Mrs. Bancroft, widowed twice in her lifetime, wrote some exquisite poems all of which are available in Within the Vail published in 1867 in Omagh, Northern Ireland. At that time her initials were C.L.S. – Charitie Lees Smith. Sadly, […]

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Eternity (A poem by Isaac Ewan)

Timeless eternity, Shoreless infinity, Measureless, limitless, fathomless sea! Incomprehensible, Vastness extensible, Ever and ever and ever to be! Life’s perpetuity, Love’s continuity, Ceasesless and sinless, in fulness and free! Joyous futurity, Blessed security, Ever and ever and ever to be! Judgement’s immensity, Torment’s intensity, Fearful finality, changeless decree! Conscious nonentity, Sinful identity, Ever and ever […]

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The Maker of the Universe

The maker of the universe, as man for man was made a curse: The claims of laws which He had made, unto the uttermost He paid. His holy fingers made the bough which grew the thorns that crowned His brow: The nails that pierced His feet were mined in secret places He designed. He made […]

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Pain Knocked At My Door

Pain knocked at my door and said she’d come to stay. Though I would not welcome her but bade her go away, Still she entered — And like my shade she followed after me, And from her stabbing stinging sword No moment was I free. And then one day another knocked most gently at my […]

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God Knows What He’s About

When God wants to drill a man and thrill a man and skill a man, When God wants to mould a man to play the noblest part; When He yearns with all His heart to create so great and bold a man That all the world shall praise…watch His methods; watch His ways! How He […]

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The Weaver

My life is but ‘a weaving’ Between My Lord and me, I cannot choose the colours He worketh steadily. Oft times He weaveth sorrow, And I in foolish pride Forget He sees the upper, And I, the underside. Not ’till the loom is silent And the shuttles cease to fly Shall God unroll the canvas […]

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The Rosebud

It is only a tiny rosebud A flower of God’s design; But I cannot unfold the petals With these clumsy hands of mine The secret of unfolding flowers Is not known to such as I, The flower God opens so gently In my hands would fade and die If I cannot unfold a rosebud, This […]

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The Kite

My waking dreams are best concealed, Much folly, little good they yield; But now and then I gain when sleeping, A friendly hint that’s worth the keeping. Lately, I dreamt of one who cried, “Beware of self, beware of pride; When you are prone to build a Babel, Recall to mind this little fable.” Once […]

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The Bend in the Road

Sometimes we come to life’s crossroads We view what we think is the end; But God has a much wider vision And He knows that it’s only a bend The road will go on and get smoother And after we’ve stopped for a rest, The path that lies hidden beyond us Is often the path […]

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Blest Cross

Thus far did I come laden with my sin; Nor could aught ease the grief that I was in Till I came hither: What a place is this! Must here be the beginning of my bliss? Must here the burden fall from off my back? Must here the strings that bound it to me crack? […]

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The Atonement

Introduction When selfish, narrow minded man the mighty works of God would scan He’s sure to estimate the whole in keeping with his narrow soul, Till he, by truth divine, advance into the infinite expanse That lies beyond his shallow thought, and face to face with God be brought To measure, by Jehovah’s strength, the […]

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The Anvil

Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith’s door, And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime; Then, looking in, I saw upon the floor, Old hammers, worn with beating years of time. “How many anvils have you had,” said I, “To wear and batter all these hammers so?” “Just one” said he, and then, with […]

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Only One Life

Two little lines I heard one day, Travelling along life’s busy way; Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart; Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last. Only one life, yes only one, Soon will its fleeting hours be done; Then, in ‘that day’ […]

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No Hands But Mine

Thou hast no tongue, O Christ, as once of old, To tell the story of Thy love divine: The story still as strange, as sweet, as true; But there’s no tongue to tell it out, but mine. Thou hast no hands, O Christ, as once of old To feed the multitudes with bread divine; Thou […]

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Child You Must Wait

Desperate and helpless and longing I cried. Patiently, lovingly my Lord replied. I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate; And the Master so gently said, “Child, you must wait.” “Wait? You said wait?” my indignant reply. “Lord, I need answers. I need to know why. Is Your hand shortened or have […]

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I Asked the Lord

I asked the Lord that I might grow, In faith, and love, and every grace; Might more of His salvation know, And seek, more earnestly, His face. ‘Twas He who taught me thus to pray And He, I trust, has answered prayer! But it has been in such a way, As almost drove me to […]

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Is This The Right Road Home?

Is this the right road home, O Lord? The clouds are dark and still. The stony path is hard to tread, Each step brings some fresh ill. I thought the way would brighter grow, And that the sun with warmth would glow, And joyous songs from free hearts flow. Is this the right road home? […]

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I Asked God

I asked God to take away my pride, And God said, “No.” He said it was not for Him to take away, But for me to give up. I asked God to make my handicapped child whole, And God said, “No.” He said her spirit already is, While her body is only temporary. I asked […]

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Beneath An Eastern Sky

Beneath an eastern sky, Amid a rabble’s cry, A Man went forth to die For me. Thorn-crowned His lovely head, Blood-stained His every tread; Cross-laden, on He sped For me. Pierced through His hands and feet, Three hours there on Him beat Fierce rays of noontide heat For me. Thus wast Thou made all mine: […]

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Read The Bible Through

I supposed I knew my Bible, Reading piecemeal, hit or miss, Now a bit of John or Matthew, Now a snatch of Genesis, Certain chapters of Isaiah, Certain Psalms (the 23rd), Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs Yes, I thought I knew the Word! But I found that thorough reading Was a different thing to […]

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Hast Thou No Wound?

Hast thou no scar? No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand? I hear thee sung as mighty in the land, I hear them hail thy bright ascendant star; Hast thou no scar? No wound? No scar? Yet as the Master shall the servant be, And pierced are the feet that follow Me; But […]

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Five Minutes After I Die

Loved ones will weep o’er my silent face, Dear ones will clasp me in sad embrace, Shadows and darkness will fill the place, Five minutes after I die. But the faces that sorrow I will not see, The voices that murmur will not reach me, But where, O where will my spirit be, Five minutes […]

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Four Sleeping Infants

Bold infidelity, turn pale and die. Beneath this stone four sleeping infants lie. Say, are they lost or saved? If death’s by sin, they sinned for they are here. If Heaven’s by works, in Heaven they can’t appear. Ah, reason how depraved! Turn to the Bible’s sacred page, the knot’s untied. They died for Adam […]

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In Acceptance Lieth Peace

I said, I will forget the dying faces, The empty places will be filled again; O, voices mourning deep within me cease! Vain, vain the word – how vain! – Not in forgetting lieth peace. I said, I will crowd action upon action, The strife of action will stir my spirit; O tears that drown […]

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I Will Not Doubt

I will not doubt, though sorrows fall like rain, And troubles swarm like bees above a hive, I will believe the heights for which I strive Are only reached by anguish and by pain; And though I groan and writhe beneath my crosses, I yet shall see through my severest losses, The greater gain. I […]

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I Cannot Say

I cannot say beneath the pressure of life’s care to-day, “I joy in these”; But I can say that I had rather walk this rugged way, if Him it please. I cannot feel that all is well when darkening clouds conceal the shining sun; But this I know God lives and loves; and I can […]

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I Cannot Give It Up

I cannot give it up, the little world I know! The innocent delights of youth, the things I cherish so! It’s true, I love my Lord, and want to do His will, But may I not enjoy the world, and be a Christian still? I love the hour of prayer, I love the hymns of […]

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Have a Heart

Pray don’t find fault with the man that limps Or stumbles along the road. Unless you have worn the shoes he wears Or struggled beneath his load. There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt Though hidden away from view. Or the burden he bears, placed on your back Might cause you to stumble […]

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First Days for God

First days for God, Before Thy life is moulded, And God is given Second place – or none. Give Him thy time, And see His plan unfolded; Find in thy years Eternity begun. First hours for God; The day will not be wasted If thou dost tarry In His presence till. Strength from His strength […]

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Every Word Was True

I sinned, and straightway, post-haste, Satan flew Before the presence of the Most-High God, And made a railing accusation there. He said, “This soul, this thing of clay and sod, Has sinned. ‘Tis true that he has named thy Name, But I demand his death, for Thou has said, ‘The soul that sinneth, it shall […]

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Day of Judgment

Day of judgment! Day of wonders! Hark! the trumpet’s awful sound, Louder than a thousand thunders, Shakes the vast creation round! How the summons wilt the sinner’s heart confound! At His call the dead awaken, Rise to life from earth and sea; All the powers of nature shaken By His look, prepares to flee. Careless […]

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A Pomegranate and a Bell

With holy awe and reverent pace, The Priest approached the Holy Place; Attired in garments that became The Place where God had set His Name. His ephod shone with gold and gems, While softly from the wreathen hems The mellow music rose and fell, From ‘a pomegranate and a bell’, ‘A pomegranate and a bell’. […]

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Are All The Children In?

I think oft times as the night draws nigh Of an old house on the hill, Of a yard all wide and blossom-starred Where the children played at will. And when the night at last came down, Hushing the merry din, Mother would look around and ask, “Are all the children in?” ‘Tis many and […]

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