(Henry Law, "Comfort
"Every branch that does bear fruit He prunes
so that it will be even more fruitful." John 15:2
God's knife is sharp, but it removes
branches. The process is not purposeless.
Lasting impressions come from heavy blows.
These rigid means are now astir . . .
to wean you from the world, whose ways are death;
to unmask the hollow treachery of 'creature charms';
to expose the utter vanity of earth's delights.
The lesson is now taught, that all is 'fleeting
emptiness' apart from God. He, and He only, is . . .
the unfailing portion;
a cup of overflowing joy;
a garden in which calm happiness is
ever blooming, ever fragrant, ever new.