Literary DCGD #7: I would see Jesus

February 12, 2013 | no comments
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When discussing the first principles and ordinances of the gospel the focus is often on the details and less often on their purpose in the plan of salvation. The 7th D&C gospel doctrine lesson talks about faith, repentance, baptism and the gift of the holy ghost. In teaching these principles and ordinances, the focus should remain on Christ.

I believe this poem does that. While I’ve not yet discovered exactly who the author, “G. H.,” is, I suspect the author is Gustavus Hills, who worked on the Times and Seasons when this was published. But I do not know for sure.

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I would see Jesus

By G. H.

When streams of pleasure gently flow,
And skies are clear, and comforts glow;
In all prosperity, would I
To Jesus turn my grateful eye.

 

Or should the storms of sorrow lower,
Afflictions pain, temptations pour;
In all adversity, would I
To Jesus turn my patient eye.

 

When healthful flows the tide of life,
And strength is firm, and vigor rife;
In all activity, would I
On Jesus fix my cheerful eye

 

Or should diseases rack my frame,
Or pains distract, or fevers flame;
In all my sicknesses, would I
To Jesus life my languid eye.

 

When in the sacred courts I tread,
And bow the knee, or lift the head;
In all the ordinances, would I
On Jesus fix my faithful eye.

 

Or when the friendly throng I meet,
And heart meets heart, and friendships greet;
In social intercourse, would I
On Jesus keep my loving eye.

 

When death shall spread his sombre shade,
And life shall cease, and earth shall fade;
In the departing hour, would I
On Jesus fix my hopeful eye.

 

And when the happy millions meet,
And waive their palms at Jesus’ feet;
Through all eternity would I
On Jesus keep my joyful eye.

Times and Seasons, 15 January 1842

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The relevant stanza for this lesson is the fifth:

When in the sacred courts I tread,
And bow the knee, or lift the head;
In all the ordinances, would I
On Jesus fix my faithful eye.

The rest of the poem also makes the authors point about the central role of Christ in the gospel. I think for this lesson it is a good reminder about what the details of the principles and ordinances are all about.

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