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The Millennial Harbinger Abridged (1902)


      Mr. Campbell did not often write poetry, but we have one poem which Robert Milligan has preserved.


      Through the courtesy of Sister S. H. Campbell, we have been permitted to extract from the private correspondence of the Senior Editor, the following beautiful lines. They were intended only as a gem for the family casket. But as they breathe sentiments that belong to the whole household of faith, we hope that Bro. Campbell will not object to their publication.

R. M.      

CUMBERLAND RIVER, Lord's Day Morning, March 28, 1858.      

      Rising early, and walking on the deck, I was struck with the beauties of the morning, and returning to my berth, I wrote for you, the following lines:

Serene the morn, and bright the sky,
      I walked the deck alone;
The morning-star with silvery rays
      In all its splendor shone.

Some golden streaks of brightest hue
      Were trembling on the sky:
The forest leaves with drops of dew
      Gave hope that Spring was nigh.

It was, indeed, the Lord's Day morn,
      And soon my thoughts were turned
To those bright scenes of hope and joy
      With which our hearts have burned.

How soon shall all the toils of earth
      Give place to Heavenly rest;
And those who live for God and Christ
      Shall be forever blest!

Hold on thy way, my Sister Wife,
      In faith, and hope, and love;
And when our toils of earth are past,
      We'll meet in Heaven above.

Be this our aim, our happy choice,
      Till all our toils are o'er,
Then we shall meet among the blest,
      And part again no more.

  Yours ever,
A. C. [187]      

      1. Robert Milligan. Introductory Note to "Musings on Lord's Day Morning." The Millennial Harbinger 29
(May 1858): 271.
      2. Alexander Campbell. "Musings on Lord's Day Morning" (Poem). The Millennial Harbinger 29 (May
1858): 271.


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