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ST. THOMAS' DAY.
Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they
that have not seen, and yet have believed. St. John xx, 29.
WE were not by when Jesus came*,
But round us, far and near,
In choral echoes hear.
In a fair ground our lot is cast,
As in the solemn week that past,
While some might doubt, but all ador'd',
Ere the whole widow'd Church had seen her risen
Slowly, as then, His bounteous hand
The golden chain unwinds,
a St. John xx. 24. Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
b St. Matt. xxviii. 17. When they saw him, they worshipped him but some doubted.
Drawing to Heaven with gentlest band
Love sought him first-at dawn of morn
And saw thiné open grave, and knew that Thou wert
Reason and Faith at once set out
To search the SAVIOUR'S tomb;
As fearing to presume
Till Reason enter in, and trace
Christ's relics round the holy place
"Here lay His limbs, and here His sacred head, "And who was by, to make his new-forsaken bed ?"
Both wonder, one believes-but while
They muse on all at home,
No thought can tender Love beguile
From Jesus' grave to roam.
St. Mary Magdalen's visit to the sepulchre. d St. Peter and St. John.
Weeping she stays till He appear
Her witness first the Church must hear
All joy to souls that can rejoice
With her at earliest call of His dear gracious voice.
Though with seal'd eyes awhile they walk,
Nor see Him at their side;
Most like the faithful pair are they,
Who once to Emmaus took their
Half darkling, till their Master shed
His glory on their souls, made known in breaking
Thus, ever brighter and more bright,
On those he came to save
The Lord of new-created light
Dawn'd gradual from the grave:
Till pass'd th' enquiring daylight hour,
The Church in anxious musing sate,
As one who for redemption still had long to wait.
Then, gliding through th' unopening door,
"Peace to your souls,” He said—no more—
They own him, kneeling round.
Eye, ear, and hand, and loving heart,
Body and soul in every part,
Successive made His witnesses that hour, Cease not in all the world to shew his saving power.
Is there, on earth, a spirit frail,
Who fears to take their word,
Scarce daring, through the twilight pale,
To think he sees the Lord ?
With eyes too tremblingly awake
To bear with dimness for His sake?
Read and confess the hand divine
That drew thy likeness here so true in every
For all thy rankling doubts so sore,
Love thou thy Saviour still,
Him for thy Lord and God adore,
And ever do His will.
Though vexing thoughts may seem to last,
Let not thy soul be quite o'ercast ;
Soon will He shew thee all His wounds, and say
"Long have I known thy name-know thou
THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL.
And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. Acts ix. 4, 5.
THE midday sun, with fiercest glare,
Broods o'er the hazy, twinkling air;
Along the level sand
The palm-tree's shade unwavering lies,
To greet yon wearied band.
The leader of that martial crew
Seems bent some mighty deed to do,
← In Exodus xxxiii. 17. God says to Moses, " I know thee by name;" meaning, “ I bear especial favour towards thee." Thus our Saviour speaks to St. Thomas by name in the place here referred to.