Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Favorite Hymn of Abe Lincoln -- When I Can Read My Title Clear

Tomorrow is President's Day, commemorating the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Abe Lincoln was born 203 years ago on February 12, 1809. This hymn, which was popular in his childhood, is said to have been one of his favorites:

When I can read my title clear
To mansions in the skies,
I'll bid farewell to ev'ry fear
And wipe my weeping eyes.

Should earth against my soul engage,
And fiery darts be hurled,
Then I can smile at Satan's rage
And face a frowning world.

Let cares, like a wild deluge come,
And storms of sorrow fall!
May I but safely reach my home,
My God, my heav'n, my all.

There shall I bathe my weary soul
In seas of heav'nly rest,
And not a wave of trouble roll
Across my peaceful breast.

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