Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

27 May, 1926  


Lines addressed to the Rev. T. C. Hammond, M.A., Chairman of the Irish Church Missions, in connection with his forthcoming Lecture Tour in America and Australia.

Dear Reverend Sir, at this great time
I'd like to write a little rhyme.
You lead a very noble band,
Who give their lives for Ireland
Distressful country," and shall be
Until they let Christ make her free
The I.C.M. gives of its best
To North, to South, to East, to "West,
We pray that God, from shore to shore
May bless His own work more and more
Believe me, Sir, that we shall pray
For God to bless you day by day
And as you cross the waters wide
Nothing but good shall you betide.
But whither on the sea or land,
Almighty God is still at hand.
And as you go from place to place
We know that God will give yon grace
To make the Gospel truth so plain
That, none shall ever doubt again.
As for the Book of Common Prayer
You are the one to treat it fair.
Right through may you have God's own smile
And safe return to the Emerald Isle,
So that the "Wealth" which they can spare
May be as "Common" here as there.

Scripture Reader.
Lurgan, Feb. 15, 1926.


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