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"Songs by the Way"
The Poetical Writings of the Right Rev. George Washington Doane, D.D., LL.D.

Arranged and Edited by His Son, William Croswell Doane

New York: D. Appleton, 1860.


"And Moses cried unto the Lord; and the Lord showed him a tree, which, when
he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet."

By Marah's stream of bitterness,
     When Moses stood and cried,
Jehovah heard his fervent prayer,
     And instant help, supplied:
The Prophet sought the precious tree,
     With prompt, obedient feet;
'Twas cast into the fount, and made
     The bitter waters sweet.

Whene'er affliction, o'er thee sheds
     Its influence malign,
Then, sufferer, be the Prophet's prayer,
     And prompt obedience, thine:
'Tis but a Marah's fount, ordained,
     Thy faith in God, to prove;
And prayer and resignation shall
     Its bitterness, remove.

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