The life of those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High may be called a Hidden Life, because the animating principle, the vital or operative element, is not so much in itself as in another. It is a life grafted into another life. It is the life of the soul, incorporated into the life of Christ; and in such a way, that, while it has a distinct vitality, it has so very much in the sense, in which the branch of a tree may be said to have a distinct vitality from the root.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Something Left

Let want and persecution come,
And grief in all its forms of gloom;
Fear not. Thy strength is from above.
Fear not. Thou yet hast power to LOVE.

Let tribulation's evil day
Take friend, and home, and wealth away;
Fear not. Though all things else may part,
They cannot take away the heart.

The power to LOVE doth still remain,
With goods bereft, and prospects slain;
The power to LOVE, which cannot die,
When all things else in ruin lie.

If this is left, not all is gone;
If this is left, march boldly on;
If this is left, thou still art whole;
LOVE is the Heaven of the soul.

Christ in the Soul (1872) XLIV.

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