104. James and John

{177}
TWO brothers freely cast their lot
    With David's royal Son;
The cost of conquest counting not,
    They deem the battle won.

Brothers in heart, they hope to gain
    An undivided joy;
That man may one with man remain,
    As boy was one with boy.

Christ heard; and will'd that James should
      fall,
    First prey of Satan's rage;
John linger out his fellows all,
    And die in bloodless age. {178}

Now they join hands once more above,
    Before the Conqueror's throne;
Thus God grants prayer, but in His love
    Makes times and ways His own.


At Sea
.
June 22, 1833.

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