Saturday, March 26, 2011

Christian Poetry - Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847)

Poems by Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847)

"Abide With Me"

Abide with me: fast falls the eventide:
The darkness deepens: Lord with me abide:
When other helpers fall, and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day:
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see;
O thou who changest not, abide with me.

I need thy presence every passing hour;
What but thy grace can fil the tempter's pow'r?
Who like thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.

I fear no foe, with thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death's sting? Where grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if thou abide with me.

Hold thou the cross before my closing eyes;
Shine through the gloom, and poing me to they skies:
Heav'n's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord abide with me.

Christian Poetry - Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825)

Poems by Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743-1825)

"The Call"

Awake, my soul! lift up thine eyes.
See where thy foes against thee rise.
In long array, a numerous host:
Awake, my soul! or thou art lost

Here giant Danger threatening stands.
Mustering his pale terrific bands:
There pleasure's silken banners spread,
And willing souls are captive led.

See where rebellious passions rage,
And fierce desires and lusts engage:
The meanest foe of all the train
His thousands and ten thousands slain.

Thou tread'st upon enchanted ground,
Perils and snares beset thee round;
Beware of all, guard every part.
But most, the traitor in thy heart.

Come then, my soul, now learn to wield
The weight of thine immortal shield;
Put on the armour from above
Of heavenly truth and heavenly love.

The terror and the charm repel,
And powers of earth, and powers of hell;
The Man of Calvary triumphed here:
Why should His faithful followers fear?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Christian Poetry - John Oxenham (1852-1941)

Poems by John Oxenham (1852-1941)

"My Treasure"

Treasure I sought
Over land and sea,
And dearly I bought
But nought that I gained,
On land or sea,
Brought ever a lasting good for me.

Pleasure I sought
Over sea and land,
And snatched at life
With eager hand.
But nought that I found,
On land or sea,
Brought ever a lasting joy to me.

For treasure of earth
Is fleeting gain,
And Pleasure is but
A mask for pain.
Life asketh more,
And ever stands,
With outstretched hands by an opening door.

And then at last
My wonderings o'er
All that I sought,
And God's good more,
Lay waiting for me
At my  own door.--
Yea, more than I sought was at my door.

He let me scour
The world, to show
His Love and Power
Must all bestow.
All mine own strivings
Had brought me nought;
He gave me more than all I had sought.

Christian Poetry - George Herbert (1593-1633)

Poems by George Herbert (1593-1633)

"The Call"

Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:
Such a Way, as gives me breath:
Such a Truth, as ends all strife:
Such a Life, as killeth death.

Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:
Such a Light, as shows a feast:
Such a Feast, as mends in length:
Such a Strength, as makes his guest.

Come, my Joy, my Love, my Heart:
Such a Joy, as none can move:
Such a Love, as none can part:
Such a Heart, as Joyes in Love.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Christian Poetry - Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

"Fill Thou My Life"

Fill thou my life, O Lord my God,
In every part with praise,
That my whole being may proclaim
Thy being and thy ways.

Not for the lip of praise alone,
Nor e'en the praising heart,
I ask, but for a life made up
Of praise in every part.

Praise in the common words I speak,
Life's common words and tones,
In intercourse at hearth or board
With my beloved ones.

Fill every part of me with praise;
Let all my being speak
Of thee and of thy love, O Lord,
Poor though I be and weak.

So shall no part of day or night
From Sacredness be free;
But all my life, in every step,
Be fellowship with thee.

Christian Poetry - A poem about God's Power

"Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him." -Psalm 33:8

"The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them." -Psalm 34:7

“The Power of God”

Like a monument they stand
The cloudy sky, the mountain land.
The very fact that they exist
Declares that all the earth is His.

And so the voice of lightning speaks
His mighty power with every streak
While thunder echoes through the hills
In pure obedience to His will.

For who dares turn against the face
Of one who’s hung the stars in place
Or who can stand against the might
Of one who’s voice created light,
Who separated land and sea,
By simply willing it to be...

By N. Gonzalez © 2011 all rights reserved

Christian Poetry - A poem about Praising Jesus

"Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD."~Psalm 135:1

"By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name."~Hebrews 13:15

"In Between Praises”

In between praises where do you go
Does your mind start wondering to and fro
Do you find you are lacking the strength of will
To let God take over while you learn to be still

Do you find yourself doing what you should not do
Does a dark cloud seem to hover over you
Do you tend to worry, do you live with fear
Does your heart start doubting that the Lord is near

In between praises what do you see
Do you seem to lose sight of Calvary
Do you see the splinter in your brother’s eye
Do you see a need and simply walk on by

Then perhaps my friend, what your heart should do
Is continue praising the whole day through
Fill your day with praise fill your night with song
And continue praising Him when things go wrong

Don’t allow a time in your day, my friend
When your songs and praises would reach their end
Raise your voice in worship, bend your knees and pray
Let your heart praise God the entire day
By N. Gonzalez © 2011 all rights reserved