With Steady Pace, the Pilgrim Moves
With steady pace the pilgrim moves
Toward the blissful shore,
And sings with cheerful heart and voice,
“‘Tis better on before!”
His passage through a desert lies,
Where furious lions roar;
He takes his staff, and smiling says,
“‘Tis better on before.”
When tempted to forsake his God
And give the contest o’er,
He hears a voice which says, “Look up!
‘Tis better on before.”
When stern affliction clouds his face,
And death stands at the door,
Hope cheers him with her happiest note,
“‘Tis better on before!”
And when on Jordan’s bank he stands,
And views the radiant shore,
Bright angels whisper, “Come away!
‘Tis better on before!”
And so it is, for high in Heaven
They never suffer more;
Eternal calm succeeds the storm—
‘Tis better on before!
Tis Better on Before
J. C. Trott
O ye who tread life’s pilgrim away
With weary heart and sore,
Find hope and comfort in the thought—
‘Tis better on before.
Though circumstances adverse be,
And scanty be your store,
Be patient; brighter days will come—
‘Tis better on before.
Though you may be beset by foes
Who wound you o’er and o’er, [continue reading…]
In the Hollow of His Hand
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And He arose, and rebuked the wind,
and said unto the sea, “Peace, be still.”
And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
— Mark 4:39 —
Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
and meted out heaven with the span,
and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure,
and weighed the mountains in scales,
and the hills in a balance?
— Isaiah 40:12 —
Our God hath given promise,
And His grace for this hath planned:
His child shall rest securely
In the hollow of His hand.
Let come what may — or wave, or tempest—
“Peace, be still!” ‘tis His command;
My soul is held in peace eternal
In the hollow of His hand. [continue reading…]
The Time to Shine
Lanta Wilson Smith
When the gloomy shadows gather ‘round your way,
And the clouds of sorrow hide the sun’s bright ray,
Keep your faith unshaken, tho’ all ills combine;
When the days are darkest, that’s the time to shine.
That’s the time to shine, that’s the time to shine,
Let your faith and courage glow with light divine;
That’s the time to shine, that’s the time to shine, [continue reading…]
Teach Me, My God and King
Teach me, my God and King,
In all things Thee to see,
And what I do in anything
To do it as for Thee.
To scorn the senses’ sway,
While still to Thee I tend,
In all I do be Thou the Way,
In all be Thou the End. [continue reading…]
Lord, I Have Shut the Door
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet,
and when thou hast shut thy door,
pray to thy Father which is in secret;
and thy Father which seeth in secret
shall reward thee openly.
— Matthew 6:6 —
Lord, I have shut the door;
Speak now the word
Which in the din and throng
Could not be heard.
Hushed now my inner heart;
Whisper Thy will,
While I have come apart,
While all is still. [continue reading…]
Peace, Perfect Peace
Edward Bickersteth, Jr.
Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.
Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest. [continue reading…]
There Is a Land of Pure Delight
There is a land of pure delight,
Where saints immortal reign;
Infinite day excludes the night,
And pleasures banish pain.
There everlasting Spring abides,
And never-withering flowers;
Death, like a narrow sea, divides [continue reading…]
Sweet Peace, the Gift of God’s Love
There comes to my heart one sweet strain,
A glad and a joyous refrain,
I sing it again and again:
Sweet peace, the gift of God’s love.
Peace, peace, sweet peace,
Wonderful gift [continue reading…]
Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart
Rejoice ye pure in heart,
Rejoice, give thanks, and sing!
Your glorious banner wave on high,
The cross of Christ your King.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice,
Give thanks and sing!
Bright youth and snow-crowned age,
Strong men and maidens meek,
Raise high your free, exultant song, [continue reading…]
God of Our Fathers
God of our fathers, whose almighty hand
Leads forth in beauty all the starry band
Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies,
Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise.
Thy love divine hath led us in the past,
In this free land by Thee our [continue reading…]
Oh, for a Faith that Will Not Shrink
O for a faith that will not shrink,
Though pressed by many a foe,
That will not tremble on the brink
Of any earthly woe,
That will not murmur nor complain
Beneath [continue reading…]
Brethren, We Have Met to Worship
Brethren, we have met to worship
And adore the Lord our God;
Will you pray with all your power,
While we try to preach the word?
All is vain, unless the Spirit
Of the Holy One come down;
Brethren, pray, and holy manna [continue reading…]