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William Williams

The Christ of the glittering sword and the glorious terror--can He speak to the broken heart and bring glad tidings to the frightened conscience? Yes, verily:

Speak, O Christ! the gentle-hearted,

For Thy words are God's best wine;

All within me peace creating,

Peace of endless worth divine;


All the voices of creation,

Every passion and delight,

At Thy voice of quiet sweetness,

Pass away in hushed affright.

This world's empty noises vanish

When Thou speakest but a word;

And the tumult is dispersèd,

By opposing passions stirred;

Though the afternoon was stormy,

Cloudless is the evening sky,

And the south wind bloweth softly,

When Thou speakest peace on high.

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