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“Jesus of Nazareth Passeth By.” by Mrs. L. H. Sigourney.

I am lucky enough to have in my personal library a book entitled ‘The Mourner’s Friend or Sighs of Sympathy For Those Who Sorrow’. It is a collection of prose and verse compiled to give comfort to the grieving. Edited by J.B. Syme, published in 1852 by S.A. Howland in Worcester, Mass, USA; its contents are predominantly by American authors. My copy of the book has some water damage, ageing paper, and precarious binding, so before it deteriorates my project to preserve the words of the authors will find its way here on the MOLAM blog. 

“Jesus of Nazareth Passeth By.”

WATCHER! – who wakest by the bed of pain,
while the stars sweep on in their midnight train,
Stifling the tear for thy loved one’s sake,
Holding they breath lest his sleep should break!
In thy loneliest hour there’s a helper nigh, –
“Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.”

Stranger ! – afar from thy native land,
Whom no one takes a brother’s hand,
Table and hearth-stone are glowing free,
Casements are sparkling, but not for thee ;
There is one who can tell of a home on high, –
“Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.”

Sad one, in secret bending low,
A dart in thy breast that the world may not know,
Wrestling the favor of God to win,
His seal of pardon for days of sin ;
Press on, press on, with thy prayerful cry, –
“Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.”

Mourner! – who sittest in the churchyard lone,
Scanning the lines on that marble stone,
Plucking the weeds from thy children’s bed,
Planting the myrtle and rose instead;
Look up from the tomb with thy tearful eye,-
“Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.”

Fading one, with the hectic streak
In thy vein of fire and thy wasted cheek,
Fear’st thou the shade of the darkened vale ?
Seek, too, the Guide who can never fail ;
He hath trod it himself, he will hear thy sigh, –
“Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.”

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