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BE OF GOOD CHEER. 171
BE OF GOOD CHEER.
" Be of good cheer: I have overcome the world." John ivi, 33.
Cheer up, my followers in this vale of tears, Ye with crush'd hearts, and step desponding slow;
Behold, the day-star in your sky appears, And morn has dawn'd upon your night of woe.
Dread dangers will bestrew your pathway here, And trials dark, and intricate, and blind;
And ye will oft, amid your doxibt and fear, Scarce venture on the narrow way to find.
Clouds of dismay may thicken o'er your path, And demon voices haunt you midst the gloom;
The world and sin oppose with fiery wrath, And darkness dense seem gathering round the tomb.
Yet bear in mind, I 've overcome them all,— I, your Redeemer, and your Friend, and Guide:
Before my mighty arm each foe must fall, And o'er the world thou may'st victorious ride.
I overcame the tempter's wily power, I triumph'd over sin, and earth, and hell!
Yea, more than conqueror—in one awful hour The massive bars of death before me fell..