O Love Divine, that stooped to share
O Love Divine, that stooped to share. Oliver Wendell Holmes* (1809-1894).
Written in 1859, and published in Holmes’s The Professor at the Breakfast Table (Boston, 1860), a collection of his essays and table talk. The first line is sometimes printed as ‘O Love Divine, that stoop’st to share’ (Holmes’s Complete Poetical Works has ‘stooped’). It had four stanzas:
O Love Divine, that stooped to share Our sharpest pang, our bitterest tear, On Thee we cast each earth-born care, We smile at pain while Thou art near!
Though long the weary way we tread, And sorrow crown each lingering year, No path we shun, no darkness dread, Our hearts still whispering, Thou art near!
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