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Graduation Wishes   Leave a comment

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Above:  Graduation, Randolph Henry High School, Keysville, Virginia, 1943

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Reproduction Number = LC-USW3-033328-E

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

This poem seems to be related to the previous one:  https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/farewell-to-the-seniors/.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

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As life’s ship its anchor casts

In the port it has reached at last,

After the work of eleven years,

Your High School graduation nears.

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So at this time, dearest friend,

I pause a moment, before the end

Of your High School career

To say a word of hope and cheer.

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May your life-ship smoothly sail,

Never meet an angry gale;

May you be free from care and strife,

May you have a fruitful life.

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May God keep you all the way–

May you never from Him stray,

Then, some happy day, draw nigh

To meet with joy again–on high.

RANDOLPH WINBURN BARRETT

MAY 24, 1930 COMMON ERA

Thy Will, Not Mine, Be Done   1 comment

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Above:  Crucifixion

Image Created on May 1, 1835

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Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-pga-00112

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Matt. 26, 39

1.  His is a kingdom because His will his is the law of life to His subjects or children.  He is incapable of willing what is not best, for He is a loving Father.

2.  Hence He calls on men to renounce their selfish wills and do His will.  “If ye be willing and obedient.”  Men are not compelled to serve Him.  To surrender brings the highest possible results.

3.  What shall men do touching sin and righteousness, obey him or rebel?  To disobey means guilt, slavery to sin, and eternal death at last–a dear price to pay for self-willed conduct.

But by obedience man receives pardon, peace, and heaven.  Heaven is cheap at any price.

4.  Touching afflictions, shall man rebel or submit with Christian fortitude?  To rebel in spirit is the last thing we can afford; it would drive away all light and peace and the spirit in one.  It will chafe till life is torment every day.

The only peace to be had is found in submission to His will and reliance for grace.  Then are given comfort and peace.  He comes nearer and is dearer now than ever before.

5.  All prayers should be in this spirit, subject to his gracious will.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Farewell to the Seniors   1 comment

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Above:  Graduation, Randolph Henry High School, Keysville, Virginia, 1943

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(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/fsa.8d31345/)

Reproduction Number = LC-USW3-033377-E

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My granduncle’s inscription on this poem is:

May 1930, C.H.S.

My admittedly circumstantial conclusion is that “C.H.S.” is Commerce HIgh School, Commerce, Georgia.  My great-grandfather, George Washington Barrett, as the pastor of Commerce First Methodist Church from November 1929 to November 1931.  And my grandmother, Nell Barrett Taylor, was fifteen years old in May 1930.  Thus she was the proper age to be a rising Senior at the time, before public high schools in Georgia added the Twelfth Grade.  Randolph was about twenty-five years at the time, so he wrote the poem in the voice of a rising senior, not from his own perspective.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

Amended August 20, 2013 Common Era

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Hail to you, our Seniors, school-mates, friends–

We Juniors our tribute to you bring–

Tho’ you may be scattered to earth’s ends,

Our mem’ry with love to you will cling.

Chorus:

Farewell to you, oh Seniors all,

Rich blessings rest upon each one of you;

Farewell to you, oh Seniors all,

Farewell! Farewell! To you!

—–

Seniors dear, in vain we’ll seek you here,

We will miss your laughter gay and free;

We have loved your comradeship this year,

Thoughts of you will ever treasured be.

Chorus

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Seniors dear, in all the coming years,

May your lives be filled with joy and love;

May God’s blessings quiet all your fears,

May we meet in that glorious home abode.

Chorus

RANDOLPH WINBURN BARRETT

MAY 1930 COMMON ERA

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The Church   1 comment

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Above:  St. John’s Methodist Church, Augusta, Georgia

Image Created by the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Reproduction Number = HABS GA,123-AUG,56–33

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

If I read item #3 correctly, it is a reference to the doctrine of Christian Perfection, something I did not affirm when I was a Methodist.  And now that I am an Anglo-Lutheran-Catholic Episcopalian, I still reject it.  Yet perhaps I am misinterpreting that item.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Matt. 16, 18

Jesus gladly endorses Peter’s confession.  He knows it only by revelation in answer to faith.  Now Christ has found faith in Himself and can found his ecclesia.

1.  The foundation is Christ.  He founded it on faith in Himself.  He is the chief cornerstone.  Save for Him there would be no church.  He is the inspiration of its work and worship.  His place in the church is secure.  It is hopelessly committed to Him.  He sits on high sending messages to the churches and dispensing the fullness of his grace to it.

2.  The character of the church is social.  It is amongst men–social beings–and for their good.  Hence [it] seeks those conditions that will be most helpful.  This is sufficient authority for the adoption of any expedient.

Different branches exert a helpful influence upon each other.  All may be Israel though of different tribes.  It uses ritual only for spiritual means.

3.  Its destiny.

The perfection of character.  A perfect man [is] the highest product of the gospel and all may be such.

But he who said the gates of death should not prevail, bade the church give the gospel to all the world.  Christ through the church shall yet take this old world and heaven will sing harvest home.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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In item #1 my great-grandfather wrote:

The foundation is Christ.

Then he placed an asterisk by “Christ.”  There is a matching asterisk at the bottom of the page.  At this second asterisk are these words:

“Rock” in scripture is always deity.–Morgan

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Buck Up and Come Along   Leave a comment

Randolph Winburn Barrett Signature

Above:  The Signature of Randolph Winburn Barrett

Image Cropped from a Scan by Barbara Taylor Jackson

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

Some of the words in this poem seem ironic to me and others seem as foreshadowing, given Randolph Winburn Barrett’s alienation from the family and subsequent disappearance within a few years.  However that alienation came to pass, it did happen.  And I hope that he did better than I fear he did after he left home, never to return.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Don’t let the blues get the best of you

If something in your path goes wrong,

Just take from me this small, simple cue–

Buck up–and come along!

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Don’t let the world say that you are down,

Show it you still sing your song;

Just leave behind your wearisome frown–

Buck up–and come along!

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Even if they turn their backs on you–

Keep singing your glad, gay song;

Just make sure of that small, simple cue–

Buck up–and come along!

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The world likes a man that it can’t down,

A man who can sing his gay song;

One who does not wear a frown.

Buck up–and come along!

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So win the respect of all the world–

Win friends with your smile and your songs;

Be true, be kind to all in this world–

Buck up–and come along!

RANDOLPH WINBURN BARRETT

FEBRUARY 1930

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Disappointed in Christ   1 comment

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Above:  Silhouette of Thomas Jefferson, by John Marshal, Between 1800 and 1830

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

I detect some overgeneralizations here.  These were especially common prior to 1950s biblical scholarship, so they mark my great-grandfather as being of his time.  I recognize (thanks to 1950s forward biblical scholarship, the variety in first-century CE Palestinian Judaism–Judaisms, perhaps–and with it, the range of Messianic expectations from none to spiritual to political.  (I belong to a group that reads scholarly works regarding the historical Jesus and meets monthly.  Now I know more than I imagined that I might and wonder how much more I will know eventually.)

Nevertheless, there is much good content here.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Matt. 11, 6

1.  Christ was crucified because men were disappointed in Him.  They expected a political Messiah, as such as he would have been a bitter disappointment.  Disappointment may have entered into the treachery of Judas.

2.  These examples have many parallels or successors today.

(a)  Some want only a teacher of ethics, as did Thomas Jefferson.

(b)  Others will have only a political reformer.

Because of these delusions they are offended in Him though he is the Christ they need.

3.  The predominating idea of Christ is that He is a Saviour (Matt. 1, 21).  This is His real mission.  But the carnal mind is least inclined to accept Him as such.

He is more to the world as Saviour than as a reformer or teacher.  He will yet take this old world by his power.  All nations shall yet come unto Him; why not then be satisfied with Him?

4.  Again let us think, what will become of those who reject Him?  “Lord, to whom can we go?”

5.  By clinging to Him we find our all.  He has the grace we need.  It is He that holdeth our crowns in his hands.  It is to him [that] we must look to bring us all home to heaven at last.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Sunset   Leave a comment

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Above:  At Sunset (Between 1900 and 1912), By Charles Davis (1856-1933)

Publisher and Copyright Claimant = Detroit Publishing Company

Image Source = Library of Congress

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Reproduction Number = LC-D416-48

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Twilight falls with peaceful silence

As the Sun’s last rays are flung

Out across a blue horizon

And the evening hymn is sung.

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Who can paint so great a picture

Of the sky with gold inlaid?

Who describe such restful silence

When the light begins to fade?

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No mortal’s brush can paint that scene,

No pen describe that hush;

No tongue can tell the soul’s response

To that touch of master-brush.

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His life was like the great sunset

At the close of each short day,

Except His glory never fades–

And the sunsets pass away.

RANDOLPH WINBURN BARRETT

JULY 18, 1932 COMMON ERA