The Lord’s Bond-Slave   Leave a comment

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My copy of Songs from a Parsonage Kitchen is a printout of a PDF version of photocopies of the original.  The right margin of some pages in my copy is such that I have cut-off names and other words.  Thus I know that my great-grandmother wrote this text in Augusta, Georgia, in January 1914, based on a sermon based on the text, “The love of Christ constrains me.”  Yet I do not know the preacher’s last name.  His title was “Dr.,” his initials were P. P., and the first letter of his last name was “A.”  The second letter was either “b” or “l.”  That is as much as I can discern.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

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I am thy bond-slave, Lord,

Made so by thy great love

That spared not e’en thine only Son,

But sent him from above

To ransom captive man,

Free him from Satan’s thrall,

Offer to him salvation’s cup,

And bid him on thee call.

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The love of Christ constrains

My grateful heart to prove

The cleansing power of his blood

While here on earth I move.

And when from scenes of earth

My soul shall wing its flight,

Still I thy happy bond-slave, Lord,

Will be in realms of light.

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

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This post #850 of TAYLOR FAMILY POEMS AND FAMILY HISTORY WRITINGS.

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