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  Strike The Chords Softly  

 

Strike the chords softly with tremulous fingers,
    While, on the threshold of happiest years,
For a brief moment fond memory lingers,
    Ere we go forth to life's conflicts and fears!

Strike the chords softly!--yet no, as we tarry,
    Swiftly the morning is gliding away;
Weary ones droop 'neath the burdens they carry,
    Toiling ones faint in the heat of the day.

Let us not linger!--Earth's millions are crying
    "Come to us, aid us, we grope in the night!
Come to us, aid us, we're perishing, dying--
    Give us, oh, give us, the heavenly Light!"

Let us not linger!--our brethren are calling,--
    "Aid us, the harvest increases each day;--
Some have grown weary, alas, of their toiling!--
    Others have passed from their labors away."

Gracious Redeemer we go at thy bidding,
    Gladly encountering peril and loss;
Take us--ourselves to thy work we are giving,
    Give us--'tis more than we merit--thy cross!

       - Mrs. J. C. Yule


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