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They to their charge may turn, and thankful see
Thy mark upon us still;
Then all together rise, and reign with Thee,
Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.
Colossians iv. 14.
Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world. Only Luke is
TWO clouds before the summer gale
In equal race fleet o'er the sky :
But two capricious human hearts—
eye pursue their lawless starts
Along their wild self-chosen maze.
He only, by whose sovereign hand
Even sinners for the evil day*
Were made-who rules the world he plann'd,
He only can the cause reveal,
Why, at the same fond bosom fed,
Till the same prayer were duly said,
Brothers in blood and nurture too,
He only knows, for He can read
Why vainly oft our arrows speed
When aim'd with most unerring art;
While from some rude and powerless arm
A random shaft in season sent
a Proverbs xvi. 4. The Lord hath made all things for himself, yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Shall light upon some lurking harm,
Doubt we, how souls so wanton change,
Look in, and see Christ's chosen saint
In triumph wear his Christ-like chain;
Two converts, watching by his side,
Pass a few years-look in once more—
Save that his hopes more boldly soare,
b Philip. i. 21.
In the Epistle to the Philippians, "I know that I shall continue with
you all I count not myself to have apprehended.” i. 25. iii. 13.
In 2 Tim. "I have finished my course," &c. iv. 7, 8.
But only Luke is with him now :-
'Tis sad-but yet 'tis well, be sure,
Nor deem our shelter all secure
Even in the Church's holiest aisle.
Vainly before the shrine he bends,
Who knows not the true pilgrim's part :
The martyr's cell no safety lends
To him, who wants the martyr's heart.
But if there be, who follows Paul
As Paul his Lord, in life and death,
Whose joy is, to the wandering sheep
To tell of the great Shepherd's love";
d The Gospel of St. Luke abounds most in such passages as the parable the lost sheep, which display God's mercy to penitent sinners.
To learn of mourners while they weep
Who makes the Saviour all his theme,
The Gospel all his pride and praise—
Thou hast an ear for angels' songs,
Ah! dearest mother, since too oft
The world yet wins some Demas frail
When faithless ones forsake thy wing,
Cling closer to their Lord and thee.
e The Christian hymns are all in St. Luke: the Magnificat, Benedictus, and Nunc Dimittis.