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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
Jesus Took Him by the Hand
Thomas Toke Lynch (1818–1871)
THE SUFFERER had been heard to say,
  “I am the unhappiest in the land;”
But comforted went on his way,
  When Jesus took him by the hand.
The poor man had been oft passed by        5
  By many people rich and grand;
But found at last prosperity,
  When Jesus took him by the hand.
The sinner in unpitied blame
  Was perishing, an outcast banned;        10
But rose, and left behind his shame,
  When Jesus took him by the hand.
And many of whom all men said,
  “They’ve fallen never more to stand,”
Have risen, though they seemed as dead,        15
  When Jesus took them by the hand.
O ye, who in the journey’s length
  Must often tread the weary sand,
Your fainting limbs will gather strength
  If Jesus takes you by the hand.        20
“Come unto me,” the Saviour cries,
  Nor speaks in accents falsely bland:
“Hard is the way,” He says, “but rise:”
  And then He takes us by the hand.

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