Come, said Jesus’ sacred voice

Come, said Jesus’ sacred voice. Anna Letitia Barbauld* (1742-1825).  From Barbauld’s Poems (1792). It was headed ‘Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’ (from part of Matthew 11: 28). It had five stanzas:  Come, said Jesus’ sacred voice, Come and make my paths your choice: I will guide you to your home; Weary pilgrim, hither come!  Thou who houseless, sole, forlorn, Long hast borne the proud world’s scorn, Long hast roamed the barren waste, Weary pilgrim, hither haste!  Ye who, tossed on beds of pain, Seek for ease, but seek in vain, Ye whose swollen and sleepless eyes Watch to see the morning rise;  Ye, by fiercer anguish torn, Guilt, in strong...

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