Saturday, December 16, 2006

None Other Lamb

Michael A. G. Haykin's excellent church history blog Historia Ecclesiastica features a brief biographical sketch of Christina Rossetti, author of the well-known Christmas carol In the Bleak Mid-Winter. He includes a selection of her work written near the end of her life as she suffered from painful breast cancer. It is the cry of a soul hanging on to Christ alone, and I am sure all Christ-loving hearts will find it inspiring.

None other Lamb, none other Name,
None other Hope in heaven or earth or sea,
None other Hiding-place from guilt and shame,
None beside Thee.

My faith burns low, my hope burns low,
Only my heart’s desire cries out in me
By the deep thunder of its want and woe,
Cries out to Thee.

Lord, Thou art Life tho I be dead,
Love’s Fire Thou art however cold I be:
Nor heaven have I, nor place to lay my head,
Nor home, but Thee.

This poem is worth pondering for a while, and if you have time, read Haykin's whole post here.

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