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St. Barnabas

281. The son of Consolation!

7.6.7.6.D.

Homeland:

Arthur S. Sullivan, 1867

Maud Coote, 1871

The son of Consolation!

Of Levi's priestly line,

Filled with the Holy Spirit

And fervent faith divine,

With lowly self oblation,

For Christ an offering meet,

He laid his earthly riches

At the apostles' feet.

The son of Consolation!

O name of soothing balm!

It fell on sick and weary

Like breath of heaven's own calm!

And the blest son of comfort,

With fearless, loving hand,

The Gentiles' great apostle

Led to the faithful band.

The son of Consolation!

Drawn near unto his Lord,

He won the martyr's glory,

And passed to his reward.

With him is faith now ended,

For ever lost in sight,

But love, made perfect, fills him

With praise, and joy, and light.

The son of Consolation!

Lord, hear our humble prayer,

That each of us thy children

Such blessed name may bear!

That we, sweet comfort shedding

O'er homes of pain and woe,

Midst sickness and in prisons,

May seek thee here below.

The sons of Consolation!

O what the bliss will be,

When Christ the King shall tell them

"Ye did it unto me"!

The merciful and loving

The Lord of life shall own,

And as his priceless jewels

Shall set them round his throne.

Amen.

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