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CHANT OF DEPARTURE; A MISSIONARY'S PRAYER, by            
First Line: Woman who walked home on the arm of john
Last Line: Stand by my side beneath the southern cross.
Subject(s): Mary. Mother Of Jesus; Missionaries & Missions; Women In The Bible; Virgin Mary


Woman who walked home on the arm of John
Another way from that your Son had gone,
Woman who walked
And talked,
Unwavering, of what must yet be done --
Woman, behold your son!

Behold
Him who in boyhood haunts will not grow old;
Who goes predestined to an alien grave
In clay or sand or wave --
Yet sails enamored of one hope: to see,
As John from his dawn-lit faces on the shore
At Shantung or the coast of Travancore.

Woman who walked home on the arm of John,
When on
Some night of tears I hear the palm trees toss,
Stand by my side beneath the Southern Cross.





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