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Far away where tears are falling,
Where I fain would be!

Where I am, all think me happy,
For so well I play my part,

None can guess, who smile around me,

How far distant is my heart—

Far away,

in a poor cottage,

Listening to the dreary sea,

Where the treasures of my life are,
Where I fain would be!


LL the fluttering wishes

Caged within thy heart Beat their wings against it,

Longing to depart,

Till they shake their prison

With their wounded cry;

Open wide thy heart to-day,
And let the captives fly.

Let them first fly upward Through the starry air, Till you almost lose them, For their home is there; Then with outspread pinions, Circling round and round, Wing their way wherever

Want and woe are found.

Where the weary stitcher
Toils for daily bread;

Where the lonely watcher
Watches by her dead;

Where with thin weak fingers,

Toiling at the loom,

Stand the little children,

Blighted ere they bloom.

Where by darkness blinded,

Groping for the light,

With distorted conscience

Men do wrong for right; Where in the cold shadow,

By smooth pleasure thrown, Human hearts by hundreds Harden into stone.

Where on dusty highways,

With faint heart and slow,

Cursing the glad sunlight,
Hungry outcasts go:
Where all mirth is silenced,
And the hearth is chill,

For one place is empty,
And one voice is still.

Some hearts will be lighter
While your captives roam

For their tender singing,

Then recal them home;

When the sunny hours

Into night depart, Softly they will nestle In a quiet heart.


E ask for Peace, oh Lord!


Thy children ask Thy Peace;
Not what the world calls rest,

That toil and care should cease,
That through bright sunny hours
Calm Life should fleet away,
And tranquil night should fade.

In smiling day;

It is not for such Peace that we would pray.

We ask for Peace, oh Lord!

Yet not to stand secure,

Girt round with iron Pride,

Contented to endure:

Crushing the gentle strings,

That human hearts should know,

Untouched by others' joy

Or others' woe;—

Thou, oh dear Lord, wilt never teach us so.

We ask Thy Peace, oh Lord!

Through storm, and fear, and strife,

To light and guide us on,

Through a long struggling life:

While no success or gain

Shall cheer the desperate fight,

Or nerve, what the world calls,

Our wasted might:

Yet pressing through the darkness to the light.

It is Thine own, oh Lord,

Who toil while others sleep;
Who sow with loving care

What other hands shall reap:

They lean on Thee entranced,
In calm and perfect rest:

Give us that Peace, oh Lord,

Divine and blest,

Thou keepest for those hearts who love Thee best.

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