Latest 20 Christian Poems

Latest 20 Christian Poems

Holy, Holy, Holy:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning, our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity! Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Which wert and art and evermore shalt be.Holy, holy, holy! Thou the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy - there is none beside Thee
Perfect in power, in love and purity.Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy name in earth and sky and sea;
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

-by Reginald Heber
Translation by H. Arena

How Shall I Follow Him I Serve:

How shall I follow Him I serve?
How shall I copy Him I love?
Not from the blessed footsteps swerve,
Which lead me to His seat above? Privations, sorrows, bitter scorn,
The life of toil, the mean abode,
The faithless kiss, the crown of thorn,
Are these the consecrated road? 'Twas thus He suffered, though a Son,
Foreknowing, choosing, feeling all,
Until the perfect work was done,
And drunk the bitter cup of gall. Lord, should my path through suffering lie
Forbid it I should e'er repine;
Still, let me turn to Calvary,
Nor heed my griefs, remembering Thine. O let me think how Thou didst leave
Untasted every pure delight,
To fast, to faint, to watch, to grieve,
The toilsome day, the homeless night. To faint, to grieve, to die for me!
Thou camest, not Thyself to please;
And, dear as earthly comforts be,
Shall I not love Thee more than these? Yes, I would count them all but loss,
To gain the notice of Thine eye:
Flesh shrinks and trembles at the cross,
But Thou canst give the victory.

-by Josiah Conder

Hail the Day that Sees Christ Rise:

Hail the day that sees Christ rise,
To the throne in paradise;
Christ the Lamb for sinners given,
Enters now the highest heaven. Christ, for you high triumph waits,
Lift your heads, eternal gates;
You have conquered death and sin:
Enter, Sovereign, enter in. See the nail marked hands above,
Signs of God's redeeming love;
Hark, Christ's words our hearts assure,
"I will send a Comforter!"Christ, for us still intercede;
By your suffering for us plead;
Near yourself prepare a place,
As the first fruits of God's grace. Now, though parted from our sight,
In the depths of a starry night,
May God raise us up again,
Heirs of your eternal reign.

-by Thomas Cotterill

Away In a Manger:

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay. The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes;
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle til morning is nigh. Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray;
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.

Christ is Coming:

Christ is coming! let creation
Bid her groans and travail cease;
Let the glorious proclamation
Hope restore and faith increase;
Christ is coming! Christ is coming!
Come, Thou blessed Prince of Peace!
Come, Thou blessed Prince of Peace! Earth can now but tell the story
Of Thy bitter cross and pain;
She shall yet behold Thy glory
When Thou comest back to reign;
Christ is coming! Christ is coming!
Let each heart repeat the strain.
Let each heart repeat the strain. With that "blessed hope" before us,
Let no harp remain unstrung;
Let the mighty advent chorus
Onward roll from tongue to tongue:
Christ is coming! Christ is soling!
Come, Lord Jesus, quickly come!
Come, Lord Jesus, quickly come!

-by John Ross Macduff

Jesus Calls Us O'er the Tumult:

Jesus calls us over the tumult
Of our life's wild, restless, sea;
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth,
Saying, "Christian, follow Me!"As of old Saint Andrew heard it
By the Galilean lake,
Turned from home and toil and kindred,
Leaving all for Jesus' sake. Jesus calls us from the worship
Of the vain world's golden store,
From each idol that would keep us,
Saying, "Christian, love Me more!"In our joys and in our sorrows,
Days of toil and hours of ease,
Still, He calls, in cares and pleasures,
"Christian, love Me more than these!"Jesus calls us! By Thy mercies,
Savior may we hear thy call,
Give our hearts to Thine obedience,
Serve and love Thee best of all.

-by Cecil Frances Alexander

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded:

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown;
O sacred Head, what glory, what bliss till now was Thine!
Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call Thee mine. What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, was all for sinners' gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression, but Thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior! 'Tis I deserve Thy place;
Look on me with Thy favor, vouchsafe to me Thy grace. Men mock and taunt and jeer Thee, Thou noble countenance,
Though mighty worlds shall fear Thee and flee before Thy glance.
How art thou pales with anguish, with sore abuse and scorn!
How doth Thy visage languish that once was bright as morn! Now from Thy cheeks has vanished their color once so fair;
From Thy red lips is banished the splendor that was there.
Grim death, with cruel rigor, hath robbed Thee of Thy life;
Thus Thou hast lost Thy vigor, Thy strength in this sad strife. My burden in Thy Passion, Lord, Thou hast borne for me,
For it was my transgression which brought this woe on Thee.
I cast me down before Thee, wrath were my rightful lot;
Have mercy, I implore Thee; Redeemer, spurn me not! What language shall I borrow to thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow, Thy pity without end?
Omake me Thine forever, and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never outlive my love to Thee. My Shepherd now receives me; my Guardian, own me Thine.
Great blessings Thou didst give me, O source of gifts divine.
Thy lips have often fed me with words of truth and love;
Thy Spirit oft hath led me to heavenly joys above. Here I will stand beside Thee, from Thee I will not part;
O Savior, do not chide me! When breaks Thy loving heart,
When soul and body languish in death's cold, cruel grasp,
Then, in Thy deepest anguish, Thee in my arms I'll clasp. The joy can never be spoken, above all joys beside,
When in Thy body broken I thus with safety hide.
O Lord of Life, desiring Thy glory now to see,
Beside Thy cross expiring, I'd breathe my soul to Thee. My Savior, be Thou near me when death is at my door;
Then let Thy presence cheer me, forsake me nevermore!
When soul and body languish, oh, leave me not alone,
But take away mine anguish under Thine own! Be Thou my consolation, my shield when I must die;
Remind me of Thy passion when my last hour draws nigh.
Mine eyes shall then behold Thee, upon Thy cross shall dwell,
My heart by faith enfolds Thee. Who dieth thus dies well

-by Bernard of Clairvaux
Translation by James Waddell Alexander

All Things Obey God:

"He saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth. Job 37:6"God's works are very great, but still
His hands do not appear:
Though heaven and earth obey His will,
His voice we cannot hear. And yet we know that it is He
Who moves and governs all,
Who stills the raging of the sea,
And makes the showers fall. Alike in mercy, He bestows
The sunshine and the rain;
That which is best for us He knows,
And we must not complain. Whether He makes His winds to blow,
And gives His tempests birth,
Or sends His frost, or bids the snow,
"Be thou upon the earth."

Holy Ghost, Dispel Our Sadness:

Holy Ghost, dispel our sadness,
Pierce the clouds of sinful night;
Come, thou source of sweetest gladness,
Breathe thy life, and spread the light.
Loving Spirit, God of peace,
Great distributor of grace,
Rest upon this congregation;
Hear, O hear our supplication.
From that height which knows no measure,
As a gracious show's descended;
Bringing down the richest treasure
Man can wish, or God can send.
O thou Glory, shining down
From the Father and the Son,
Grant us thine illumination;
Rest upon this congregation.
Come, thou best of all donations
God can give, or we implore;
Having thy sweet consolations
We need to wish for nothing more.
Come with unction and with power,
On our souls thy graces show's;
Author of the new creation,
Make our hearts thy habitation.

-by Paul Gerhardt
Translation by John Christian Jacobi

Abide With Me:

Abide with me! Fast flows the eventide; 
The darkness deepens, Lord with me abide:
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
The help of the helpless, oh abide with me.Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day;
Earth's joys frow dim; its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see:
O thou who changest not, abide with me. I need thy presence every passing hour;
What but thy grace can foil the tempter's power? Who likes thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, oh abide with me. I fear no foe with thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight and tears no bitterness:
Where is death's sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still if thou abide with me.
Hold thous thy cross before my closing eyes,
Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies;
Heaven's morning breaks, and earth's vain shadows flee;
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me.

-by Henry Francis Lyte

O Jesus, I Have Promised:

O Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle if Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway if Thou wilt is my Guide. O let me feel Thee near me! The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me, around me and within;
But Jesus, draw Thou nearer, and shield my soul from sin.O let me hear Thee speaking in accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self will.
O speak to reassure me, to hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen, Thou Guardian of my soul.O Jesus, Thou hast promised to all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory there shall Thy servant be.
And Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end;
O give me the grace to follow, my Master and my Friend. O let me see Thy footprints, and in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly Is in Thy strength alone.
O guide me, call me, draw me, uphold me to the end;
And then in Heaven receive me, my Savior, and my Friend.

-by John Ernest Bode

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night:

While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around,
And glory shone around."Fear not!" said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled mind.
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and all mankind
To you and all mankind."To you, in David's town, this day
Is born of David's line
A Savior, who is Christ the Lord,
And this shall be the sign,
And this shall be the sign."The heavenly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swathing bands,
And in a manger laid,
And in a manger laid."Thus spake the seraph and forthwith
Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God on high,
Who thus addressed their song,
Who thus addressed their song: "All glory be to God on high,
And to the Earth be peace;
Goodwill henceforth from Heaven to men
Begin and never cease,
Begin and never cease!"

-by Nahum Tate


Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far
spent. Luke 24: 29'Tis gone, that bright and orbed blaze,
Fast fading from our wistful gaze;
You mantling cloud has hidden from sight
The last faint pulse of quivering light.In darkness and in weariness
The traveler on his way must press,
No gleam to watch on tree or tower,
Whiling away the lonesome hour. Sun of my soul! Thou Saviour dear,
It is not night if Thou is near:
Oh, may no earth-born cloud arise
To hide Thee from Thy servant's eyes! When round Thy wondrous works below
My searching rapturous glance I throw,
Tracing out Wisdom, Power, and Love,
In earth or sky, in-stream or grove;-Or by the light Thy words disclose
Watch Time's full river as it flows,
Scanning Thy gracious Providence,
Where not too deep for mortal sense:-When with dear friends sweet talk I hold,
And all the flowers of life unfold;
Let not my heart within me burn,
Except in all I Thee discern. When the soft dews of kindly sleep
My wearied eyelids gently steep,
Be my last thought, how sweet to rest
Forever on my Saviour's breast. Abide with me from morn till eve,
For without Thee I cannot live:
Abide with me when the night is nigh,
For without Thee I dare not die.Thou Framer of the light and dark,
Steer through the tempest Thine own ark:
Amid the howling wintry sea
We are in port if we have Thee. The Rulers of this Christian land,
'Twixt Thee and we ordained to stand,-
Guide Thou their course, O Lord, aright,
Let all do all as in Thy sight. Oh! by Thine own sad burthen, borne
So meekly up the hill of scorn,
Teach Thou Thy Priests their daily cross
To bear as Thine, nor count it lose! If some poor wandering child of Thine
Have spurned to-day the voice divine,
Now, Lord, the gracious work begin;
Let him no more lie down in sin. Watch by the sick: enrich the poor
With blessings from Thy boundless store:
Be every mourner's sleep to-night,
Like infants' slumbers, pure and light. Come near and bless us when we wake,
Ere through the world our way we take;
Till in the ocean of Thy love
We lose ourselves, in Heaven above.

-by John Keble

The Descent From the Cross:

Is this the Face that thrills with awe
Seraphs who veil their face above?
Is this the Face without a flaw,
The Face that is the Face of Love?
Yea, this defaced, a lifeless clod,
Hath all creation's love sufficed,
Hath satisfied the love of God,
This Face the Face of Jesus Christ.

-by Christina Georgina Rossetti

Be Still, My Soul:

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end. Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below. Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all, He takes away. Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last. Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well-pleased eye?
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing, clouds shall but more brightly shine.

-by Katharina von Schegel
Translation by Jane L. Borthwick

Ever With Thee:

No more in darkness, trials, and temptations,
No more a waif on trouble's billowy sea,
How sweet will be the day of my abiding
Ever with Thee!Bright after darkness shines the summer morning,
Bright is the sunshine when the tempests flee;
But brighter far the home where dwell thy chosen
Ever with Thee! Dear are the hours when those we love are near us;
Dear, but how transient must their brightness be!
That one glad day will know no sadder morrow
Ever with Thee! Love will be there: methinks all other glories
Nothing to those enraptured souls will be,
Filled with the transport of that one assurance, 
Ever with Thee! But long may be the way that we must travel,
And many a darkening storm we yet may see,
Dread sorrows may overwhelm us ere we're sheltered
Ever with Thee! Not so: thy hand, extended through the darkness,
Leadeth us on the way we cannot see,
And, clasping that, e' en here we walk in safety
Ever with Thee!

-by Annie Louisa Walker

The Grace of God:

The grace of God that brings salvation
And teaches righteousness,
Appeareth unto every nation,
Their darkened souls to bless. His wondrous grace is all-sufficient,
And hours of deepest need
Are sanctified by God omniscient,
If promise plead. Within the heart, His grace abounding
Will give us the power to reign;
Through Jesus, when the foe's surrounding,
The vict'ry we shall gain. Our Father grace and glory giveth
In blessings manifold;
From him who pure before Him liveth,
No good will He withhold. Wondrous grace, a pure gift from heaven!
Grace to set the captives free!
The grace of God, so kindly given
By the Savior unto me.

-by Clara M. Brooks

The Heavens God's Glory Do Declare (Psalm 19)

The heav'ns God's glory do declare,
the skies his hand-works preach:
Day utters speech today, and night
to night doth knowledge teach. There is no speech nor tongue to which
their voice doth not extend:
Their line is gone through all the earth,
their words to the world's end. In them, he set the sun a tent;
Who, bridegroom-like, forth goes
From's chamber, as a strong man doth
to run his race rejoice. From heav'n's end is his going forth,
circling to the' end again;
And there is nothing from his heat
that hidden doth remain. God's law is perfect, and converts
the soul in sin that lies:
God's testimony is most sure
and makes the simple wise. The statutes of the Lord are right,
and do rejoice the heart:
The Lord's command is pure, and doth
light to the eyes impart. Unspotted is the fear of God,
and doth endure forever:
The judgments of the Lord are true
and righteous altogether. They more than gold, yea, much fine gold,
to be desired are:
Then honey, honey from the comb
that droppeth, sweeter far. Moreover, they thy servant warn
how his life should frame:
A great reward provided is
for them that keep the same. Who can his errors understand?
O cleanse thou me within
From secret faults. Thy servant keep
from all presumptuous sin: And do not suffer them to have
dominion over me:
Then, righteous and innocent,
I from many sins shall be. The words which from my mouth proceed,
the thoughts sent from my heart,
Accept, O Lord, for thou my strength
and my Redeemer art.

When He Fled From Absalom

Psalm 3: August 9, 1653LORD how many are my foes
How many those
That in arms against me rise
Many are they
That of my life distrustfully thus say,
No help for him in God there lies.
But thou Lord art my shield my glory,
Thee through my story
The' exalter of my head I count
Aloud I cry'd10
Unto Jehovah, he full soon reply
And heard me from his holy mount.
I lay and slept, I wak'd again,
For my sustain
Was the Lord. Of many millions
The populous rout
I fear not though in camping roundabout
They pitch against me their Pavillions.
Rise Lord, save me, my God, for thou
Hast smote ere now 20
On the cheek-bone all my foes,
Of men abhor'd
Hast broke the teeth. This help was from the Lord;
Thy blessing on thy people flows.

-by John Milton

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