Thomas Cowherd

(March 20, 1817 – April 4, 1907 / England)

A Tribute To The Memory Of Mr. Richard Folds


This truth may to Christians in darkness be shrouded,
While mourning for friends in the grave newly laid,
But a time will soon come when the Dayspring unclouded
Of doubt, from our souls shall dispel every shade.

These words to his people by God have been spoken,
To light up their passage on Life's dreary way,
And each day's fresh mercy is from Him a token
That he will prove to them a Comfort and Stay.

This friend, who by conduct to us so endearing
Has drawn from us sympathy, called forth our love,
Is gone-O, the thought is transportingly cheering!
To join the glad throng of Redeemed Ones above.

And we who have witnessed his pure conversation
Have listened to Truths which he uttered so well,
Rejoice that the theme of Christ's glorious Salvation
Was that upon which he delighted to dwell.

His constant infirmities were but refining
A soul well endowed by both choice gifts and rare,
And he through a long course of years has been shining
By light gained from Heaven, which guided him there.

Friends, let these remembrances cheer and delight you,
And patiently wait till your own change shall come.
The death of dear Richard should not now affright you,
Since he through that portal has passed to his home.

Submitted: Thursday, April 26, 2012
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