The History of Leith

April 14, 2012

PREACHED IN SOUTH LEITH PARISH CHURCH ON SABBATH 3RD SEPTEMBER 1922 BY Rev. WILLIAM SWAN, B.D.

PREACHED IN SOUTH LEITH PARISH CHURCH ON
SABBATH 3RD SEPTEMBER 1922 BY Rev. WILLIAM
SWAN, B.D.
TEXT—” Even to your old age, I am He.”—ISAIAH
xlvi. 4.
The following touching lines were found among the
papers of a friend of mine who lately passed away.
She had evidently copied them out.

” A little more tired at close of day,
A little less anxious to have our way,
A little less ready to scold and blame,
A little more care for a brother’s name,
And so we are nearing our journey’s end
Where time and eternity meet and blend.
” A little less time in the business fold,
A little more zest than in days of old,
A broader view in a saner mind,
A little more love for all mankind,
And so we are faring adown the way
That leads to the gates of a’better day.
” A little more love for the friends of youth,
A little more zeal for established truth,
A little more charity in our views,
A little less thirst for the daily news,
And so we are folding our tents away,
And passing in silence at close of day.
“A little more leisure to sit and dream,
A little more real the things unseen,
A little bit nearer the things ahead,
With visions of those long loved and dead,
And so we are going where all must go
To the place which the living can never know.
“A little more laughter, a few more tears
And we shall have ended our fleeting years,
The books are closed, and the prayers are said, .
And we are among the faithful dead,
Thrice happy if then some soul may say,
‘I live because he had passed my way.’ ”

source-South Leith Magazine 1922

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