Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ISAIAH: 35, by JOHN GARDINER CALKINS BRAINARD

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ISAIAH: 35, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A rose shall bloom in the lonely place
Last Line: For sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Subject(s): Christianity

A ROSE shall bloom in the lonely place,
A wild shall echo with sounds of joy,
For heaven's own gladness its bounds shall grace,
And forms angelic their songs employ.
And Lebanon's cedars shall rustle their boughs,
And fan their leaves in the scented air;
And Carmel and Sharon shall pay their vows,
And shout, for the glory of God is there.
O, say to the fearful, be strong of heart,
He comes in vengeance, but not for thee;
For thee He comes, his might to impart
To the trembling hand and the feeble knee.
The blind shall see, the deaf shall hear,
The dumb shall raise their notes for Him,
The lame shall leap like the unharmed deer,
And the thirsty shall drink of the holy stream.
And the parched ground shall become a pool,
And the thirsty land a dew-washed mead,
And where the wildest beasts held rule,
The harmless of His fold shall feed.
There is a way, and a holy way,
Where the unclean foot shall never tread,
But from it the lowly shall not stray,
To it the penitent shall be led.
No lion shall rouse him from his lair,
Nor wild beast raven in foaming rage;
But the redeemed of the earth shall there
Pursue their peaceful pilgrimage.
The ransomed of God shall return to him
With a chorus of joy to an angel's lay;
With a tear of grief shall no eye be dim,
For sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

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