Skip to main content


[Copyrighted, 1896, by Mary Baker G. Eddy.]

From the June 1896 issue of The Christian Science Journal

This poem was later republished in Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896:  Mis 387:7-388:12

Brood o'er us with Thy shelt' ring wing
'Neath which our spirits blend
Like brother birds that soar and sing,
And on the same branch bend.
The arrow that doth wound the dove
Darts not from those who watch and love.

If thou the bending reed wouldst break
By thought or word unkind,
Pray that His spirit all partake
Who loved and healed mankind.
Seek holy thoughts and heavenly strain.
That make men one in love remain.

Learn, too, that wisdom's rod is given
For faith to kiss and know;
That greetings glorious from high Heaven
Whence joys supernal flow,
Come from that Love divinely near
Which chastens pride and earth-born fear,

Through God who gave that word of might
Which swelled creation's lay—
"Let there be light, and there was light,"
What chased the clouds away?
'Twas Love whose finger traced aloud
A bow of promise on the cloud.

Thou to whose power our hope we give,
Free us from human strife.
Fed by Thy love divine we live,
For Love alone is Life;
And life most sweet, as heart to heart
Speaks kindly when we meet and part.

Copyrighted, 1896, by National Christian Scientists Association.

Access more great content like this

Welcome to JSH-Online, the home of the digital editions of The Christian Science JournalSentinel, and Herald. We hope you enjoy the content that has been shared with you. To learn more about JSH-Online visit our Learn More page or Subscribe to receive full access to the entire archive of these periodicals, and to new text and audio content added daily.

Subscribe Today

More in this issue / June 1896


Explore Concord—see where it takes you.

Search the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures