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First Line: Life is growth, and growth is change
Last Line: Thou, who makest all things new!
Subject(s): Life; Wheaton Seminary, Massachusetts

LIFE is growth, and growth is change:
Shall the new be counted strange,
While the rich Past lends perfume
To the Present in its bloom?
Giving on -- as they have given,
Passed beyond us into heaven --
Hearts in this Thy service, Lord,
Find their gift its own reward.
New things blossom out of old;
Fading lives with youth unfold,
Standing in Thy sunrise bright,
Bearing flower and fruit of light.
Looking up into Thy face,
Let us broaden, in our place;
Glad in opening wide our doors, --
Glad in pouring out our stores!
Let our wish, our plan, our end,
With Thy widening purpose blend!
Shape Thou what we will and do --
Thou, who makest all things new!

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