POEM: HOME OF HOPE

“HOME OF HOPE” FOR THE
FRIENDLESS AND FALLEN, SYDNEY
Success to the “home of the hopeless”
For the friendless and heartsore,
That opens wide its portals
To the outcasts and the poor.
 
Success to the “home of the hopeless”
Where the hungry may find bread,
And a bed to rest their weary limbs,
Instead of an empty shed.
 
Success to the “home of the hopeless”
Where the Gospel is preached to the poor,
Who have hitherto wandered in alleys,
Or blocked up the publican’s door.
 
Success to the “home of the hopeless”
Indeed it has had success;
There are some this day within its walls
Who have reason that home to bless.
 
And now let us wish success to those
Who have helped those laborers on
That are working hard in God’s vineyard
‘Neath the burden and heat of the sun.
 
Success to the “Blue Ribbon Army,”
Who are striving on every hand
To stem the tide and the torrent
Of intemperance in our land.
 
Success to the founders of this “home”
And to all who are helping them on.
May every fresh effort be crowned with success
Till the victory has been won.
(Illawarra Mercury, May 13, 1884)

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19th-century Australian writer, pioneer, teacher. The site of the rambling research of Mr Knox's offsider.

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