is a Voice through Earth's wild clamor calling,
It is the voice of Jesus still entreating,
is a Hand outstretched in tenderest pity,
Strong to deliver, mighty still to keep;
And none shall pluck from out that safe enfolding,
The weakest one of all His blood-bought sheep.
is a Form that walks life's stormy ocean,
As once He walked the waves of Galilee,
Speaking to all earth's shipwrecked sons and daughters,
"Be not afraid; have faith, have faith in Me."
is a Love that longs with deep affection
is the love of Jesus, sweet with longing,
Matthew 11:28 Come unto me,
all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest.
John10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
(General disclaimer: Disclaimer on all Bible versions other than the KJV and possibly come content.)
A beautiful song that goes so well with this poem: Gentle Words (Sung by the Marshall sisters.)
and background by Mary Stephens
painting of shepherd by Joseph
Painted in 1903. With verse, framed.