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HORATIUS BONAR, D.D.
Scottish clergyman, poet and writer
(1808 - 1890)

A few more years shall roll,
  A few more seasons come;
    And we shall be with those that rest,
      Asleep within the tomb.
        A few more storms shall beat
          On this wild rocky shore;
            And we shall be where tempests cease,
              And surges swell no more.
                A few more struggles here,
                  A few more partings o'er,
                    A few more toils, a few more tears,
                      And we shall weep no more.
                        Then, O my Lord, prepare
                          My soul for that blest day;
                            Oh, wash me in Thy precious blood,
                              And take my sins away.
      - [Old Year]

Beyond the smiling and the weeping,
  I shall be soon;
    Beyond the waking and the sleeping,
      Beyond the sowing and the reaping,
        I shall be soon!
          Love, rest, and home--
            Sweet hope! Lord, tarry not, but come!
      - [Heaven]

In the day of prosperity we have many refuges to resort to; in the day of adversity only one.
      - [Adversity]

Less, less of self each day,
  And more, my God, of Thee!
      - [Selfishness]

The gospel comes to the sinner at once with nothing short of complete forgiveness as the starting-point of all his efforts to be holy. It does not say, "Go and sin no more, and I will not condemn thee." It says at once, "Neither do I condemn thee: go and sin no more."
      - [Forgiveness]

Up, then, with speed, and work;
  Fling ease and self away--
    This is no time for thee to sleep--
      Up, watch, and work, and pray!
      - [Earnestness]

Yes, He is ris'n who is the First and Last;
  Who was and is; who liveth and was dead;
    Beyond the reach of death He now has pass 'd,
      Of the one glorious Church the glorious Head.
      - [Easter]

Beyond the shining and the shading
  I shall be soon.
    Beyond the hoping and the dreading
      I shall be soon.
        Love, rest and home--
          Lord! tarry not, but come.
      - Beyond the Smiling and the Weeping [Death]

Think truly, and thy thoughts
  Shall the world's famine feed.
    Speak truly, and each word of thine
      Shall be a fruitful seed.
        Live truly, and thy life shall be
          A great and noble creed.
      - Hymns of Faith and Hope (p. 113),
        (ed. 1813) [Truth]


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