Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.

TEXAS IN 1850.

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the Cross, but upon taking it up and bearing it. He
who shuns an obvious call to deny himself for Christ's
sake, shuns the most exalted privilege permitted man on
this side of heaven. The Saviour has nobly set an example
of labor and self-denial, and " the servant is no
greater than his lord." The purest, most
unmingled
happiness that exists on earth, is experienced by those
who most nearly approach the pattern of Him, who,
though "he was rich, became poor, that we, through
his poverty, might become rich."
" Oh, hear along the vaulted skies,
This great command of Christ arise;
This mandate sent from heaven above,
Whose words are full of purest love; Go
bear AMy Name ! go scatter light !
Dispel the mists of darkest night!
Go, turn the force of error's flood,
And turn it with my precious blood,
While bolder, bolder press your cause,
Till Satan all his force withdraws !"
Rejoice! rejoice !for many a band
Already hears in Gospel land;
The morn of truth shines o'er the East,
And sends its beams to farthest West;
The fragrant South
the moral wastes,
Shall hear the news of Jesus' birth;
While city, forest, sea, and plain,
Shall echo back theglorious strain,
And louder, louder swell the song,
Till Jesus dwell on every tongue.

Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin.. Boston. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/. Accessed August 27, 2014.