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A PRIEST OF HUMANITY, by            
First Line: Of sorrows bitter-strange is wove his fate
Last Line: More bitter is the grief that eats his heart!
Subject(s): Grief; Humanity; Jesus Christ; Pain; Sorrow; Sadness; Suffering; Misery

OF SORROWS bitter-strange is wove his fate:
A mother weeping for her infant dead;
A father crying curses on the head
Of his wild son thrust forth degenerate;
The love that flamed, and faded to dull hate,
Of a wed pair that fain would be unwed;
A mind destroyed by the dark things it said;—
With these old woes his life is penetrate.

Yet for each alien anguish does he mourn,—
A sad compassion in his deepening eyes,—
Counsels, consoles, reveals "the better part;"
How great soever be the burden borne,
(Ah! this the secret of his ministries)
More bitter is the grief that eats his heart!

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