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Around These Emblems Bowed

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 30, 2011

Around These Emblems Bowed

By Bertha A. Kleinman

Around these holy emblems bowed,
We come, our Savior, close to Thee,
Where once was pillar and the cloud
Appears Thy sacrifice for me.

Draw Thou my wand’ring thoughts within,
From hurried cares and strife and sin,
Myself subdued — ’tis thus I win,
The price Thou gav’st on Calvary.

The code of ages is fulfilled,
The olden edict satisfied,
That I might live and grow and build,
Lo! Thou hast bowed and Thou hast died.

The bands of death are riven free,
The triumph of Gethsemane
Is life eternal, Lord, with Thee!
That Thou hast pledged and glorified.




  1. My, how beautiful! Thanks for sharing this gem.

    Comment by Amy — August 30, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

  2. What thoughtful and moving lyrics. The similarity of the opening line made me think of “Again We Meet Around The Board”, and the tune used for that hymn in the current hymnbook would fit these words well.

    Comment by Alison — August 30, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

  3. This is exquisite. Thanks.

    Comment by David Y. — August 31, 2011 @ 12:23 am

  4. “Draw Thou my wand’ring thoughts within,”

    That is exactly right. My problem isn’t rebellion, just wand’ring thoughts. But that may be worse.

    Comment by Carol — August 31, 2011 @ 8:06 am

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