Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.@Matthew 23:12
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J. B. Beall, in Bright Beautiful Bells (Birmingham, Alabama: B. B. Beal & Company, 1900).

Benjamin B. Beall (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Benjamin B. Beall (1874-1945)

I saw, when the wind swept over the mead,
The willow that stands by the brook;
Bending low, as, with pitiless force, the storm
Threw down the unbending oak.

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Bend low till the storm passeth over,
The sun will shine out by and by;
Bend low till the storm passeth over,
And the stars twinkle out in the sky.

The storm had passed by, the willow uprose,
Her branches in beauty outspread;
But the monarch of trees, in his pride cast down,
Lay prone on the earth and dead.

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O Christians, look up! life’s storms will soon pass;
Rejoice ye with sorrow low bowed;
Our Lord in His hand holds the lightning’s shaft,
His smile is behind the cloud.

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And thou, who art proud, O turn ye in time,
Nor fall as the desolate tree!
God’s mercy, His infinite love are thine,
Awaiting, inviting thee.

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