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The harp-like piano accompaniment flows under this melody, illustrating the sea on which Christ walked. Rich and haunting harmonies unfold, highlighting Mary Baker Eddy’s poem.
Christ My Refuge
words by Mary Baker Eddy
music by Ann Stephan
O’er waiting harpstrings of the mind
There sweeps a strain,
Low, sad, and sweet, whose measures bind
The power of pain,
And wake a white-winged angel throng
Of thoughts, illumed
By faith, and breathed in raptured song,
With love perfumed.
Then His unveiled, sweet mercies show
Life’s burdens light.
I kiss the cross, and wake to know
A world more bright.
And o’er earth’s troubled, angry sea
I see Christ walk,
And come to me, and tenderly,
Thus Truth engrounds me on the rock,
Upon Life’s shore,
‘Gainst which the winds and waves can shock,
From tired joy and grief afar,
And nearer Thee,–
Father, where Thine own children are,
I love to be.
My prayer, some daily good to do
To Thine, for Thee;
An offering, pure of Love, whereto
God leadeth me.
Words by Mary Baker Eddy from the Christian Science Hymnal, used courtesy of The Mary Baker Eddy Collection