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From the April 1887 issue of The Christian Science Journal

This poem was later republished in Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896: Mis 396:17-397:20

O'er the hushed harpstrings of the mind,
     There sweeps a strain—
Low, sad, and sweet, whose measures bind
     The power of pain;

And wake a white-winged angel-throng
     Of thoughts, illumed
By faith, and breathed in raptured song,
    With love perfumed.

Oh, in His unveiled presence grow
     Life's burdens light;
We kiss the cross, and wait to know
     A world more bright.

Not from this earthly scene afar,
     But nearer Thee,—
Father, where Thine own children are,
     And love to be;

Where o'er earth's troubled, angry sea,
     We see Christ walk
And come to us, and tenderly,
     And wisely talk,—

Saying: "Step safely on the Rock
     Upon Life's shore,
'Gainst which the winds and waves can shock,
     Oh, nevermore!

"Thy prayer, some daily good to do
     To Mine, for Me,
An offering pure of love, whereto
     God leadeth thee."

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