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Forgive me, Lord, for Thy dear Son,
Teach me to live, that I
dread The grave as little as my bed ; Teach me to die, that so I may With joy behold the judgement day
O may my soul on Thee repose ;
Abide with me from morn to eve,
The Rulers of our native land,
If some poor wandering child of Thine
Come near and bless us when we wake,
S. JOHN AT PATMOS AND AT EPHESUS.
PREACHED ON BOARD H.M.S. 'OSBORNE, ON MAY 18, THE FOURTH
SUNDAY AFTER EASTER, ON THE DAY AFTER VISITING PATMOS AND EPHESUS.
JOHN xvi. 13.
When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you
into all truth.
THESE words of our Saviour, recorded by His
beloved disciple S. John, in the Gospel of this day, tell us that when He should be withdrawn, His Spirit would still guide His Apostles to teach to the world the truth which the world most needed to know. We, in the course of yesterday, have been on the track of the very Apostle who wrote down these words for his own support and ours.
We have seen at Patmos and at Ephesus the last traces of S. John, with whom we parted, as it were, on the shores of his own lake of Tiberias. Let us ask ourselves what are the lessons which he has left to us? What are the truths, which, without him, we should not have known as clearly as we do now? It is well from time to time to ask this question about each part of the