By Faith ye are saved

C HRISTIAN ! when, overwhelmed with grief and care,

Thou prayest for the help that thou dost need,

As shipwrecked mariner for life will plead:

O, then, for faith pour forth the fervent prayer!

'T is faith alone, life's heavy ills can bear.

O, mark her calm, far-seeing, quickening eye,

Full of the light of immortality:

It tells of worlds unseen, and calls us there;

That look of hers can save thee from despair.

When sorrow, like thick darkness, gathers round,

" And all life's flowers are fading in the dust,

Faith lifts our drooping vision from the ground, —

Says, that the hand that smites us yet is just;

That human agony hath ever found

The mighty God a never-failing trust.

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