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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
I. The Rose of Sharon (“I know a Flower”)
By Catherine Winkworth (1829–1878)
 
I KNOW a Flower so sweet and fair,
  There is no earthly blossom
With Sharon’s Rose that may compare;
        Fain would I wear
  Its Fragrance in my bosom.        5
 
It is the True and Living Word,
  Whom God Himself hath given
To be our Guide, our Light, our Lord,
        In Whom is stored
  All hope for earth and Heaven.        10
 
Hark! how He saith—Come unto Me,
  Ye burdened and sad-hearted;
Granted your heart’s desire shall be,
        And pardon free
  To mourning Souls imparted.        15
 
This is My Body that I give,
  For you in Mercy broken;
Whate’er is Mine with it receive,
        If ye believe
  And keep what I have spoken.        20
 
This is My Blood once shed for you,
  Ye hearts, now faint and sinking;
Drink of My Cup and find anew
        Fresh Strength to do
  My Bidding without shrinking.        25
 
Ah, Lord, by Thy most bitter Woes
  We pray Thee ne’er forsake us;
Since Thou couldst even die for those
        Who were Thy foes,
  Thy Children deign to make us.        30
 
And keep us ever close to Thee;
  Give courage to confess Thee
However dark the time may be,
        Till safe and free
  In Heaven at last we bless Thee.        35
 
 
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