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DEVOTIONAL POEMS .

BY

R. T. CONRAD.

“JOY AND GLADNESS SHALL BE FOUND THEREIN, THANKSGIVING, AND THE

VOICE OF MELODY.”—Isa. li. 3.

PHILADELPHIA:
J. B. LIP PINCOTT & CO.

LI LIB.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1862, by

J. ALFRED EISENBREY,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States in and for the

Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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TO MRS. ELIZA CONRAD.

FROM thee, pure source of Conrad's birth,

Arose his virtues; through thee ran Whatever heavenly gleams of worth

Above us dignified the man.

By thee his childish soul was taught,

His nobler instincts brought in play, That, while with darkened days he fought,

Flashed outward through his mortal clay.

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What if they cry, who pry and probe,

Lo! here a speck, or there a flaw!" He scorned the dust

upon

his robe Far more than any one who saw.

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The dust he gathered on his path

Was common dust,—what skirt is clear ?-
He shook it off, in holy wrath,

Ere to God's presence he drew near.

O merciful and patient God,

We trust these songs of faith and love,
Pleading for him beneath the sod,

Have moved as only song can move !

And that the soul Thy bounteous hands

Gave to his mother, free from stain,
Before Thy face transfigured stands,

From tainting earth washed pure again;

So that she too may come before

Thy mercy-seat quite reconciled,
And to her bosom take once more

The early memory of her child !

I, as he wished, and in his name,

To thee, whose love o'erruled his fate,
This last, best chaplet of his fame

Thus solemnly do dedicate.

G. H. B.

PHILADELPHIA, July 1, 1862.

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