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Raising of Lazarus.

(The Gospel History, Section 83)

Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister Martha. And it was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. The sisters therefore sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

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(The Saviour of the World, Vol V Book V Poem LXXI)


Happy the home that hath a friend
Who makes its pains and joys his own;
Who hastes on wings of love to lend
Help, service, sympathy; alone,
No household suffers nor makes moan
For any sorrow or dismay
Where a friend’s countenance is known:
O’ertaken by a grievous day,

Straight send they for their friend, assured what part he’ll play.

Not set apart from sorrow, e’en
That home beloved of Christ: for there,
Two loving sisters watched, I ween,
A fevered bed,—where heavy Care
Took turns in watching with Despair:
Yet not without hope the sisters grieve;
“Go, fetch our Friend; for He will share
This anguish with us; will relieve,

Nay, cure our brother, for—He loves and we believe!”

St. John xi. 1–3.

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