Friday, May 9, 2014

Nearer Home

One sweetly solemn thought
Comes to me o'er and o'er
I am nearer home to-day
Than I have ever been before;

Nearer my Father's house,
Where the many mansions be;
Nearer the great white throne,
Nearer the crystal sea;

Nearer the bound of life,
Where we lay our burdens down'
nearer leaving the cross,
Nearer gaining the crown!

Stairway to Heaven by Bill Stephens


But lying darkly between,
Winding down through the night,
Is the silent, unknown stream,
That leads at last to the light.

Closer and closer my steps
Come to the dread abysm:
Closer Death to my lips
Presses the awful chrism.

Oh, if my mortal feet
Have almost gained the brink;
If it be I am nearer home
Even to-day than I think:

I Am the Way by Danny Hahlbohm


Father, perfect my trust;
Let my spirit feel in death,
That her feet are firmly set
On the rock of a living faith!

(written 1852, 1854)
Phoebe Cary

Phoebe Cary wrote poems inspired by the frontier life of her Ohio childhood. Praised for lyrics which offer hope in the face of death, Phoebe Cary also delighted readers with her parodies of popular works. Phoebe was born September 4, 1824 in a farmhouse eight miles north of Cincinnati. The basis of her education was the Bible, a few sentimental novels, and the Trumpet (a Universalist publication.)

By 1835, tuberculosis had claimed her mother and two sisters. Despite the demands of farm work and a stepmother's disapproval, Phoebe began publishing poetry along with her sister Alice in 1838.

pictures courtesy
of All Posters

Blessings, Mimi

10 comments:

SweetAnnee said...

I love your post today..I find true comfort in it
thank you..so much
for being a friend..

deena

Dawn said...

Lovely poetry and a beautiful picture!

Thanks so much for keeping up with our teeny tiny twins!

Cathy said...

That is a beautiful poem, Mimi. Thank you for posting it.

Jodi said...

What a beautiful point of view! It makes growing older a joy.

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Mimi,
What some beautiful and touching Poetry that you have shared. Beautiful pictures to go with the Poetry as well. "THANK YOU" for sharing them with us. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

nannykim said...

Thanks for the background info--so interesting--makes it more special.

jennifer said...

Beautiful. I love this post - Jennifer

Mary Isabella said...

Wonderful!! Just wonderful...Mary

Mimi said...

Deena,
I am praying for strength for you and Rich as you walk through this valley you have been chosen to walk through...
I am only glad that I can be a friend and pray for you...
Mimi
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Dawn,
I look forward every day to checking your blog for updates on your beautiful little dolls!!
Mimi,
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Cathy,
thanks for the sweet comments..and thanks for your visits!!
Mimi
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Jodi,
growing older is inevitable and it is wonderful to know that God is with us...
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Karen,
thanks for stopping by...I am glad that your DH got home yesterday and you had a nice quiet time together (along) so you could regroup and enjoy each other...I keep you both in my prayers,
Mimi

Mimi said...

Nannykim,
thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the background information on Phoebe Cary..
have a blessed day my friend,
Mimi
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Jennifer,
thanks for stopping by...it is always nice to meet a new friend...please come back for another visit,
Mimi
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Mary,
thanks for stopping by...I am waiting for your next episode on Henry and Emily,
Mimi