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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919). Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse. 1903.

By John Byrom (1692–1763)

The Answer

CHEER up, desponding Soul,
  Thy longing pleased I see;
’Tis part of that great whole,
  Wherewith I longed for thee.
Wherewith I longed for thee,        5
  And left my Father’s throne;
From death to set thee free,
  To claim thee for My own.
To claim thee for My own,
  I suffered on the cross:        10
Oh, were My love but known,
  No soul could fear its loss.
No soul could fear its loss,
  But filled with love divine,
Would die on its own cross,        15
  And rise for ever Mine.