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Lord, by thy hand withdrawn apart - Thoughts in Seclusion
(Charlotte Elliott/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

Thoughts in Seclusion.

"In the day of adversity consider." (Ecclesiastes 7,14)

1. Lord, by thy hand withdrawn apart
  from earthly things and outward scenes;
what lessons wouldst thou teach my heart?
  What barrier break that intervenes?

2. Perchance to man my life has seemed
  blameless, defiled by no dark blot;
but blameless can that life be deemed
  in which my God has been forgot?

3. Is it thy wanderer to reclaim,
  that thou contendest now with me?
Have I not missed life's noblest aim
  as yet, not having lived for thee?

4.  How have my powers been misapplied!
  How has a creature, born to die,
been borne along the impetuous tide
  of worldly care and vanity!

5. Truths heard of by the outward ear
  I now discern, at least in part;
"a small still voice" I seem to hear,
  speaking in mercy to my heart.

6. I boast of innocence no more;
  guilty, yea guilty, Lord, I plead;
my merits, trusted in before,
  now fail me like a broken reed.

7. Hard is that heart which ne'er has felt
  the love of God to sinful man;
which has not learned to mourn and melt,
  pondering salvation's wondrous plan.

8. "Blessed is the man thou chastenest, Lord!"
  Thus speaks the oracle divine;
Now, on my heart let grace be poured,
  and may that blessedness be mine!

Charlotte Elliott, Selections from the Poems of Charlotte Elliott, 151-152.

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