Duncan, Sara. “A Minister of Grace.” Rose-Belford’s Canadian Monthly and National Review 5 (Dec 1880): 627.
A Minister of Grace
We call thee Sympathy, in our rude tongue,
Discerning not they lovelier, heaven-giv’n name
Whereby the angels know thee. In no wise
May we command thee—thou art subtly born
Of soul-similitude, or common grief;
Yet souls for lack of thee must daily die!
Thou lurkest in the warmth of clasping hands,
The inner life of human brotherhood,
And often shinest glorious in a tear!
Thou sharest half, and soothest all, their pain,
And from the depths men mutely cry to thee,
All empty-hearted if thou comest not!