English Prayers and Poems
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Jerusalem The Golden
Jerusalem the golden,
    With milk and honey blest!
Beneath thy contemplation
    Sink heart and voice oppressed:
I know not, oh, I know not,
    What joys await us there;
What radiancy of glory,
    What light beyond compare.
O sweet and blessed country,
    The home of God's elect!
O sweet and blessed country
    That eager hearts expect!
Jesus, in mercy bring us
    To that dear land of rest;
Who art, with God the Father.
    And Spirit, ever blest.
John M. Neale
One Sweetly Solemn Thought
One sweetly solemn thought
Comes to me o'er and o'er,
Nearer my home today am I
Than e'er I've been before.
Nearer my Father's house,
Where many mansions be;
Nearer, today, the great white throne,
Nearer the crystal sea.
Father, perfect my trust!
Strengthen my power of faith!
Nor let me stand, at last, alone
Upon the shore of death. Amen.
Phoebe Cary
Be Still, My Soul
Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heav'nly    Friend
Thro' thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul, tho' dearest friends depart
And all is darkened in the vale of tears;
Then shalt thou better know His love,
His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrows and
thy fears.
Be still, my soul; when Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.
St. Joseph, hear our urgent plea.
    Help us to bear our grief,
The one we loved has fallen now
    As does the withered leaf;
And we are left alone to bear
    Our burden and our tears
St. Joseph intercede for us
    And wash away our fears;
Bring light unto this darkened hour-
    Be near us as we pray-
Give us the courage that we need
    To face another day.
Oh, Sacred Heart of Jesus, hear!
    Help us on this sad day!
Give us the strength to bear our loss
    And listen as we pray.
Our aching hearts are saddened now
    And every thought is drear;
We do beseech Thy sacred help!
    Oh, Sacred Heart, be near.
Give us, give us Thy help this hour
    And bless us as we pray.
Oh, bless us as we bow to Thee
    In this sad hour so gray.
When Ominous Clouds Are Rifted
'Tis better to hope,
tho the clouds hang low,
and to keep the eyes still lifted;
For the sweet blue sky
will soon peep through
when the ominous clouds are rifted.
There was never a night
without a day,
Or an evening without a morning,
And the darkest hour,
as the proverb goes,
Is the hour before the dawning.
There is a land, a fairer land
    Than any man has known
There is a King, a loving King
    Where birds of peace have flown.
And though our loved one lies asleep
    He'll have no need to fear
For in that land where Christ is King
    There never will be a tear;
So sleep beloved! Sleep in peace
    While sunlit clouds pass by.
Eternity is kind as is
    The orbed vaulted sky.
Beyond the horizon lies a land
Of happiness and peace
A haven of bright serenity
Where blessings never cease. . .
Where earthly sorrows enter not
For joy alone is there,
A land of everlasting love. . .
How beautiful! How fair!
And when your heart
is burdened down
With grief-remember then
Beyond the horizon,
your loved one dwells
And there you'll meet again.
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