Lean Hard (Poem by Octavius Winslow)

Lean Hard (Poem)

by Octavius Winslow (1808-1878)

The “Lean Hard” poem was composed by Octavius Winslow, a 19th century preacher and contemporary of C.H. Spurgeon and J.C. Ryle. In his book Christ’s Sympathy to Weary Pilgrims, Winslow penned his famous “Lean Hard” poem:

“Child of My love, lean hard, and let Me feel the pressure of thy care.

“I know thy burden, child; I shaped it, poised in Mine own hand, made no proportion in its weight to thine unaided strength; for even as I laid it on I said, ‘I shall be near, and while he leans on Me, this burden shall be Mine, not his; so shall I keep My child within the circling arms of Mine own love.’

“Here lay it down, nor fear to impose it on a shoulder which upholds the government of the worlds. Yet closer come, thou art not near enough; I would embrace thy care, so I might feel My child reposing on My breast.

“Thou lovest Me? I know it. Doubt not, then, but, loving Me, lean hard.”

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