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GEORGE W. BETHUNE
American poet and clergyman
(1805 - 1862)

Jesus! How doss the very word overflow with sweetness, and light, and love, and life; filling the air with odors, like precious ointment poured forth; irradiating the mind with a glory of truths on which no fear can live, soothing the wounds of the heart with a balm that turns the sharpest anguish into delicious peace, shedding through the soul a cordial of immortal strength. Jesus! the answer to all our doubts, the spring of all our courage, the earnest of all our hopes, the charm omnipotent against all our foes, the remedy for all weakness, the supply of all our wants, the fullness of all our desires. Jesus! at the mention of whose name every knee shall bow and every tongue confess. Jesus! our power: Jesus! our righteousness, our sanctification, our redemption--Jesus! our elder brother, our blessed Lord and Redeemer. Thy name is the most transporting theme of the church, as they sing going up from the valley of tears, to their home on the mount of God; Thy name shall ever be the richest chord in the harmony of heaven, while the angels and the redeemed unite their exulting, adoring songs around the throne of God.
      - [Christ]

My mother!--manhood's anxious brow
  And sterner cares have long been mine,
    Yet turn I to thee fondly now,
      As when upon thy bosom's shrine
        My infant griefs were gently hush'd to rest,
          And thy low whisper'd prayers my slumber blessed.
      - [Mothers]

Without thee I am all unblessed,
  And wholly blessed in thee alone.
      - To My Wife [Wives]


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