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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
 
I. The Divine Element—(God, Christ, the Holy Spirit)
“When gathering clouds around I view”
Sir Robert Grant (1779–1838)
 
WHEN gathering clouds around I view,
And days are dark, and friends are few,
On Him I lean, who, not in vain,
Experienced every human pain;
He sees my wants, allays my fears,        5
And counts and treasures up my tears.
 
If aught should tempt my soul to stray
From heavenly wisdom’s narrow way,
To fly the good I would pursue,
Or do the sin I would not do,—        10
Still He who felt temptation’s power
Shall guard me in that dangerous hour.
 
If wounded love my bosom swell,
Deceived by those I prized too well,
He shall His pitying aid bestow        15
Who felt on earth severer woe,
At once betrayed, denied, or fled,
By those who shared His daily bread.
 
If vexing thoughts within me rise,
And sore dismayed my spirit dies,        20
Still He who once vouchsafed to bear
The sickening anguish of despair
Shall sweetly soothe, shall gently dry,
The throbbing heart, the streaming eye.
 
When sorrowing o’er some stone I bend,        25
Which covers what was once a friend,
And from his voice, his hand, his smile,
Divides me for a little while;
Thou, Saviour, mark’st the tears I shed,
For Thou didst weep o’er Lazarus dead.        30
 
And oh, when I have safely past
Through every conflict but the last,
Still, still unchanging, watch beside
My painful bed, for Thou hast died;
Then point to realms of cloudless day,        35
And wipe the latest tear away.
 
 
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