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Several of the sonnets, and many of the hymns and occasional verses, have appeared in the Sunday Magazine,'Good Words,' and other periodicals.
Having mentioned the honoured name of Lord Selborne, I would take this occasion of rendering to him a public acknowledgment of the kindness which has turned for me circumstances of trial, too notorious to require further allusion to them, into a subject of congratulation.
If in the retirement of a village Rectory I shall find heart and leisure to attempt something further in the way of hymn-writing, I shall owe, in great measure, to that distinguished hymnologist, under God, both the time and the encouragement.
GENEVA : February 17, 1873.
HYMNS AND VERSES.
LORD, her watch thy Church is keeping;
When shall earth thy rule obey ? When shall end the night of weeping ?
When shall break the promised day?
Waiting still the labourers' toil;
Shall the strong retain the spoil ?
Tidings sent to every creature
Millions yet have never heard : Can they hear without a preacher ?
Lord Almighty, give the word !
Give the word ; in every nation
Let the Gospel trumpet sound, Witnessing a world's salvation
To the earth's remotest bound.
Then the end : thy Church completed,
All thy chosen gathered in, With their King in glory seated,
Satan bound, and banished sin: Gone for ever parting, weeping,
Hunger, sorrow, death, and pain :Lo ! her watch thy Church is keeping,
Come, Lord Jesus, come to reign