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, August 1, 2015

The Joys of Pentitence

FAREWELL! Thine earthly strife is o'er;
Thine earthly sorrows past;
Jesus, thy friend, hath gone before;
And thou art free at last.

No more the solitude and pain;
No more the bitter tear;
A better land thy soul shall gain,
Than that, which held thee here.

Earth's children did not understand
The sorrows of thy heart;
But spirits of the heavenly land
Shall judge thee as thou art.

A soul that erred, a soul restored,
A soul that sinned, a soul forgiven;
Dear to the Christ, the loving Lord,
And safe, at last, in heaven.

Christ in the Soul (1872) XXXV.

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