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[From the “ Bible Society Record.”]
ON THE DEATH OF THE REV. C. N. RIGHTER.
THE PILGRIM AT REST.
And he is gone, the young, the noble-hearted,
Who tenderest ties for his Redeemer burst, And strong in faith, the Word of Life imparted
To those who for its precious tidings thirst.
Yes, God was good ;* for by His mercy cherish'd,
He walk'd unhurt, where countless thousands bled; And where his suffering fellow-creatures perishid,
The “strong right hand” his steps in safety led.
Beside the bed where dying ones in anguish
Appeald for aid to light them on their way, And where the weary in their sadness languish,
He stood, “ a gentle presence,” day by day.
I see the failing eye his face exploring,
Which, like an angel's, beams with lucid light; I hear his voice, God's precious words outpouring,
And holding Christ before the sinner's sight.
* Mr Righter “especially dwelt on the goodness of God, 'How good God is! Oh, how good He is !'”—Mr WALKER.
Not the mere form, oh, not the sculptured image ;
Not the carved ivory, nor the senseless wood; Not the rack'd form, the marr'd and blood-stain'd visage,
With pierced hands extended on the rood !
Not this, but as a God of rich compassion,
The trembling sinner waiting to forgive; Ready to wash him from each past transgression,
Receive him to His arms, and bid him live.
many an eye, the mists of death o'erfilming, Has brighten'd at thy words of gentle power! How many a heart has open'd glad and willing,
As to the rain, the parch'd and dying flower !
Glorious thy mission in that field of sadness,
And well fulfill’d, until thou journey'd on,
To other lands, by Christ already won.
And as in devious ways thy feet were turning,
The Book of God still scattering by the way, How brightly in thy heart His love was burning,
A fire by night, a sheltering cloud by day!
God was with thee, when o’er the current slowly
Floated thy raft, borne on with praise to Him; He never left thee, pilgrim pure and holy,
In morning sunshine, or when day grew dim.
God was with thee ! and when amid the mountains,
And in the glens, gleam'd forth His power divine, He gave thee there to quaff the living fountains,
Sweeter and purer than earth's costliest wine.
His goodness led thee till thy feet had enter'd
The little “ Tadmor” where His children dwell, And gave thee rest where His dear Church has centred,
Within the music of the Sabbath bell.
And then He call’d thee-oh, that voice so thrilling,
All that it said we cannot learn below;
Thy broken words have taught us well to know.
Oh, what a Sabbath of intense communion
Was that which God bestow'd upon His child ! And with his Saviour what a perfect union !
Oh, with what brightness the Deliverer smiled!
God's glory there was round about him shining,
His holy presence all the place imbued, More and yet more the dying saint refining,
While round him crowds of weeping brethren stood.
As o'er her darling's couch a mother bending,
Lest fright or pain should make the loved one weep, So by his couch his Saviour was attending,
Until He gave “ to His beloved sleep.”
Yes, thus He comes, and with His sweet caressing,
Soothes the dear child that He had died to save; Lays hands upon him richly fill'd with blessing ; And guards his ashes in a foreign grave.
H. A. L February 1857.
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