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July 23: Day by Day with Father Bill

FRIDAY OF THE SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

 
THE DAWNING by George Herbert
 
Awake sad heart, whom sorrow ever drowns;
     Take up thine yes, which feed on earth;
Unfold thy forehead gather’d into frowns:
     Thy Saviour comes, and with him mirth:
                                          Awake, awake;
And with thankful heart his comforts take,
     But thou dost still lament, and pine, and crie;
     And feel his death, but not his victorie.
Arise sad heart; if thou dost not withstand,
     Christs resurrection thine may be;
Do not by hanging down break from the hand,
     Which as it riseth, raiseth thee:
                                           Arise, arise;
And with the buriall-linen drie thine eyes;
     Christ left his grave-clothes, that we might, when grief
     Draws tears, or bloud, not want an handkerchief.
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