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Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul   By: (1844-1918)

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POEMS WITH POWER TO STRENGTHEN THE SOUL

Compiled and Edited by

JAMES MUDGE

Revised and Enlarged Edition

The Abingdon Press New York Cincinnati Chicago

Copyright, 1907, 1909, by Eaton & Mains

Printed in the United States of America

First Edition Printed November, 1907 Second Printing, March, 1909 Third Printing, October, 1911 Fourth Printing, July, 1915 Fifth Printing, May, 1919 Sixth Printing, January, 1922 Seventh Printing, April, 1925 Eighth Printing, March, 1928 Ninth Printing, October, 1930 Tenth Printing, September, 1934

TO ALL WHO ARE AT THE SAME TIME LOVERS OF GOOD POETRY AND LOVERS OF GOOD CHARACTER, DEVOTED TO GOD AND THEIR FELLOW MEN, AS WELL AS TO LITERATURE, THE COMPILER, WHO CLAIMS A LITTLE PLACE IN THIS LARGE COMPANY, DEDICATES THE RESULT OF HIS PLEASANT LABORS

CONTENTS

PAGE PREFACE vii

SUBJECTS:

HEROISM CHIVALRY, NOBILITY, HONOR, TRUTH 1

COURAGE CONSTANCY, CONFIDENCE, STRENGTH, VALOR 14

INDEPENDENCE MANHOOD, FIRMNESS, EARNESTNESS, RESOLUTION 22

GREATNESS FAME, SUCCESS, PROGRESS, VICTORY 28

DUTY LOYALTY, FAITHFULNESS, CONSCIENCE, ZEAL 41

SERVICE USEFULNESS, BENEVOLENCE, LABOR 50

BROTHERHOOD CHARITY, SYMPATHY, EXAMPLE, INFLUENCE 66

CONSECRATION SUBMISSION, DEVOTION, PURITY 79

PEACE REST, CALM, STILLNESS 88

HUMILITY MEEKNESS, WEAKNESS, SELFLESSNESS 95

CONTENTMENT RESIGNATION, PATIENCE, COMPENSATION 103

ASPIRATION DESIRE, SUPPLICATION, GROWTH 115

PRAYER WORSHIP, COMMUNION, DEVOTION 123

JOY PRAISE, CHEERFULNESS, HAPPINESS 138

AFFLICTION CONSOLATION, TRIAL, ENDURANCE 149

LOVE DIVINE GOODNESS, UNSELFISHNESS 163

HOPE PROGRESS, OPTIMISM, ENTHUSIASM 170

FAITH ASSURANCE, DOUBT, UNBELIEF 177

TRUST GUIDANCE, SAFETY, GLADNESS 187

GOD'S CARE PROVIDENCE, GOD'S KNOWLEDGE AND BENEFICENCE 199

GOD'S WILL OBEDIENCE, DIVINE UNION 209

GOD'S PRESENCE POSSESSION, SATISFACTION, REFLECTION 221

JESUS HIS PRECIOUSNESS, AND BEAUTY, AND LOVE 233

LIFE TIME, OPPORTUNITY, EXPERIENCE, CHARACTER 250

AGE AND DEATH MATURITY, VICTORY, HEAVEN 267

APPENDIX MISCELLANEOUS SELECTIONS 278

INDEX TO AUTHORS 288

INDEX TO TITLES 292

INDEX TO FIRST LINES 298

PREFACE

This is not like other collections of religious verse; still less is it a hymnal. The present volume is directed to a very specific and wholly practical end, the production of high personal character; and only those poems which have an immediate bearing in this direction have been admitted. We know of no other book published which has followed this special line. There are fine hymnals, deservedly dear to the Church, but they are necessarily devoted in large measure to institutional and theological subjects, are adapted to the wants of the general congregation and to purposes of song; while many poetical productions that touch the heart the closest are for that very reason unsuited to the hymnal. There are many anthologies and plentiful volumes of religious poetry, but not one coming within our ken has been made up as this has been... Continue reading book >>




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