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W. Garrett Horder, comp.  The Poets’ Bible: New Testament.  1895.
 
“It Is I: Be Not Afraid”
John Henry Newman (1801–1890)
 
WHEN I sink down in gloom or fear,
  Hope blighted or delayed,
Thy whisper, Lord, my heart shall cheer,
  “’Tis I: be not afraid!”
 
Or, startled at some sudden blow,        5
  If fretful thoughts I feel,
“Fear not, it is but I!” shall flow,
  As balm my wound to heal.
 
Nor will I quit Thy way, though foes
  Some onward pass defend;        10
From each rough voice the watchword goes,
  “Be not afraid!… a friend!”
 
And O! when judgment’s trumpet clear
  Awakes me from the grave,
Still in its echo may I hear,        15
  “’Tis Christ! He comes to save.”
 
 
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