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    HOPE DEFERRED.   Table of Contents     SHE SENT HIM AWAY.

Thompson, Clara Ann
Songs From the Wayside

- CHURCH BELLS.

CHURCH BELLS.



I closed my books to listen;
The story was losing its charms,
As the chime of distant church bells,
Game stealing o'er gardens and farms.
The bells were chiming a story,
A story that ne'er grows old;
The story of Christ, our Shepherd,
And the sweet peace, found in His fold.
The story of all He suffered,
That we might have a home;
And now, the bells were calling
The weary ones, to come;
The bells were calling, calling,--
Blest, tender, pleading tone!
"Oh weary ones," they sweetly chimed,
"Oh weary ones, come home."

The birds flew past the window,
With twitter and flutter and song,
Their hearts o'erflowing with music,
Glad hearts, that knew no wrong;
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But the far-off bells were chiming,
Of a price paid long ago,
That we, through faith, may be sinless,
And pure as the falling snow.
"Come thou, oh weary pilgrim,
With burden grown too great,
Thy Savior now is waiting,
Oh, lay them at His feet!"--
The bells were calling, calling,--
Blest, gentle, pleading tone!
"Oh weary ones, oh weary ones,
Oh weary ones, come home."

Hath sin thy hands been staining,
Until they're pure no more?
Hath thorns thy feet been piercing,
Until they're bleeding sore?
Come thou to Christ, thy Savior,
His hand is stretched to thee,
Take it; 'twill guide thee safe thro' life,
And through eternity.
Sweetly, the bells are calling;
Oh sinner, heed the tone!
"Oh wicked ones, oh wand'ring ones,
Oh weary ones, come home."
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Thou canst not be too wretched,
To heed the gentle call;
Thou canst not be took wicked,--
His blood was shed for all;
Though, scoffers by the wayside,
Scorn those who heed the tone,
The bells chime clear and sweetly,--
"Thrice blest are they;--come home."
The bells are calling, calling,--
"Tired sinner, wilt thou come?
Oh wretched ones, oh weeping ones,
Oh weary ones, come home."

List ye! the tones are changing;
Hark! 'tis thy Savior's voice,
Yes, 'tis thy Savior calling,
And wilt thou make thy choice?
Why dost thou vainly struggle
To bear thy load alone,
When such a Friend is waiting,
When such a Friend says, 'Come?'
Thy Savior's waiting--pleading;
"Oh weary, wilt thou come?
Oh weary ones, oh burdened ones,
Oh weary ones, come home."
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    HOPE DEFERRED.   Table of Contents     SHE SENT HIM AWAY.