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God’s Various Dealings with his Children. John 21. 18

J. Hart   C.M.

1
How hard and rugged is the way
To some poor pilgrims’ feet:
In all they do, or think, or say,
They opposition meet.

2
Others, again, more smoothly go,
Secured from hurts and harms;
Their Saviour leads them gently through,
Or bears them in his arms.

3
Faith and repentance all must find;
But yet we daily see
They differ in their time and kind,
Duration and degree.

4
Some long repent and late believe,
But when their sin’s forgiven,
A clearer passport they receive,
And walk with joy to heaven.

5
Their pardon some receive at first,
And then, compelled to fight,
They feel their latter stages worst,
And travel much by night.

6
But be our conflicts short or long,
This commonly is true;
That wheresoever faith is strong,
Repentance is so too.