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" Rejoice with them that do rejoice , and weep with them that weep . ' * Rom . xii , I saw a dark and mournful sight : Young , lovely , and belov'd , there lay , Cut off in one eventful night ,
The lover ' s hope , the parent's stay ; — I saw the darkness of despair Sit on the troubled faces there . I saw a gentle form draw nigh To soothe that anguish vast and deep ; Well had she read the mandate high ,
And learnt to " weep with them that weep , " And well she knew to make each tone Of kind compassion all her own . I heard a strife of many woes , I heard a harrowing tale of care ; The sigh , the prayer of anguish rose :
I look'd again—that form was there ; And still she seem'd intent to keep The charge , to " weep with them that weep . " I could not choose but love the zeal That led her ready footsteps on , And yet , methought , I seem'd to feel
But half the Christian ' s errand done ; And oft I hop'd to hear the voice " Rejoice with them that do rejoice !" I turn'd—there came before mine eyes A scene , —no theme for poet ' s song ; A calm display of tranquil joys ,
Joys such as oft to earth belong ; But , largely giv ' n , too seldom raise The heart to Heav ' n in grateful praise . And one was there—and she was kind
And gentle as the last had been ; But yet her glance was not behind , But ever on the forward scene , Intent the cup of bliss to fill , And warding off impending ill .
I saw her smoothing o ' er the way Of tottering age , —I saw her hand Deal out enjoyment , day by day , And bid the grateful thought expand ; And still , where ' er she mov'd , to Heav ' n More cheerful praise , methought , was given .
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CHRISTIAN SYMPATHY .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), May 2, 1827, page 339, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1796/page/27/