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To a Superannuate   Leave a comment

To a Superannuate (1)

Above:  The First Page of the Original Copy

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Long has been thy toilsome journey,

O thou veteran of the cross.

Bravely thou hast borne thy burdens,

Murm’ring not at pain or loss,

Whene’er these have been thy portion;

But in faith calm and serene

Thou hast looked beyond the earthly,

Into glories yet unseen.

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And now, O brave Christian soldier,

Upon this, thy natal day,

Hosts of souls whom thou hast rescued

Lift their hearts to God and pray–

“Bless, oh, bless him, Heavenly Father,

And his every need supply;

Many years yet may he linger

E’er he goes to dwell on high,

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“For we need his saintly presence;

Need to hear his shepherd-voice

Speaking unto us thy message,

Bidding penitents rejoice.

When for him swing wide the portal,

And before Thy judgment seat

He, with all the sheaves he’s garnered,

Stands in Christ our Lord complete,

Hears Thee bid him, ‘Welcome! Welcome!’

As his crown of life is given,

Grant that we his steps may follow,

Let us all meet him in heaven.”

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

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Signs of Aging   Leave a comment

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Above:  The Author on Sunday Afternoon, June 16, 2013

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As the color of the hair

at my temples grows lighter,

as white hairs sprout from my chin,

I detect signs of aging,

the biological state I am in.

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As I think about it more all seems fair;

nothing could be righter,

for, as I ponder myself, Ken,

I realize that with age I am wiser,

that I have learned much from where I have been.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 17, 2013 COMMON ERA

Aging   Leave a comment

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Above:  The Author’s Chin on December 30, 2012

My chin is sprouting white hairs and

their friends are growing from my temples.

Yes, I am aging;

I recover more slowly from aches and pains and

experiences pile upon each other,

forming a proverbial tower

of knowledge and awareness

of how little (relatively) I know

as I become more conscious

of one thing then another,

affirmed or proven wrong.

I am growing more humble with age;

sophomoric notions of omniscience

ring hollow; putting on airs

is a waste of time.

Such knowledge is a great gain.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 30, 2012 COMMON ERA

 

Posted December 30, 2012 by neatnik2009 in Kenneth Randolph Taylor 2012

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Thoughts from the Twelfth Chapter of Ecclesiastes   1 comment

Above:  Family Bible

Image Source = David Ball

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Remember thy Creator

In youth’s bright, sunny day;

Ere age shall come with sorrow,

And take thy joys away.

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Ere sun and moon be darkened,

And stars forbear to shine;

Ere clouds of doubt shall hover

And cares distract thy min’–

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The strong shall bow themselves

The mighty and the great

The voice of joy be silenced

And all be desolate,

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For when the cord is loosed

And broke the golden bowl,

Then dust to dust returneth

To God the living soul.

JOHN DODSON TAYLOR, SR.

Posted January 11, 2012 by neatnik2009 in John Dodson Taylor Sr.--Poems

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