Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (18591919). Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse. 1903. Stars
By Thomas Toke Lynch (18181871)
S EE! 1 through the heavenly arch
With silent stately march
The starry ranks for ever sweep;
In graduate scale of might
They all are sons of light, 5
And all their times and orders keep.
O glorious, countless host,
Which shall I praise the most,
Your lustrous groups, or course exact?
Ye on your way sublime 10
Defy confusing time
Your light to dim, your path distract.
Earths early fathers saw
The gospel and the law
In the firm beauty of the skies: 15
O Thou unswerving Will,
The unveiled heavens still
Show Thee as glorious, good, and wise.
Lord of the starry night,
With awe and with delight 20
Under Thy temple dome we pray:
Still as we gaze above,
Temper our fear with love,
That we may filial homage pay.
Not as the primal force 25
Impelling Natures course
We know Thee, but as Father dear:
Oh, if with foolish mind
We judge Thee weakly kind, Correct false love with filial fear. 30
The name of T. T. Lynch is well-known in Nonconformist circles as that of a hymn-writer, but he well deserves wider recognition. The poems here given are from The Rivulet, a book of verses first published in 1855, and several times augmented. [ Note 1. back]