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Thomas Williams

It would not be well to pass from him without including this little hymn, so simple in form, and its thought so sunny:

The Tree of Life in barren soil

At length has taken root,

And bends its branches to the ground,

That all may taste its fruit.

Through wintry months of dark and cold,

The fruit is on it still;

Its leaves bring healing to the wounds

Of mind and heart and will.

If on this side the stream we find

The fruit of Christ so good,

It will be better, better far,

The other side the flood.

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When strength has failed within my heart,

When human help is past,

In Thine own bosom, Jesu, Lord,

Grant me to rest at last.

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