Saturday, November 6, 2010


Welcome to "Quaint Words!”

These posts will contain thoughts, poems, and prayers from old books that I have found at antique stores, flea markets, and garage sales (with an occasional treasure from a bookstore).

I love the rhythm and sound of the older English language, and am blessed by other believers who have gone before me!

(A listing of books and authors, and also dates of individual postings from those books, will be found on my "QUAINT WORDS" page)


I want to live near Jesus,
And never go astray,
To feel that I am growing
More like Him every day;
That I am always laying
My treasure up above,
And gaining more the spirit
Of His gentleness and love.

I want such steadfast purpose
My mission to fulfill,
That it may be my meat and drink,
To do my Father's will,
To follow in His footsteps,
Who never turned aside
From the path that leads to Heaven
Though often sorely tried.

Oh! that in His humility
My spirit may be clad!
That I may have the patience
My suffering Saviour had,
A heart more disengaged
From earth and earthly things,
Which through life's varied trials
To Jesus simply clings.

Oh! I shall live near Jesus
And never go astray,
And every sin-defiling stain
Shall soon be washed away;
And I'll bear my Master's image
When I see Him face to face,
Then earth shall lose the power
Its brightness to deface.

(From "The Changed Cross" by Henry Altemus, c. 1897)

BLOG = "Blessedly Leaning On God!"


  1. Hi Sharon -

    I loved this especially the last stanza. Much hope expressed...thank you, Sharon, for sharing this.

    I responded to your comment today on my topic, "RUNAWAYS AND MISSING PERSONS" Also, I posted two new posts - one late last night (EST) and one this morning.

  2. Hi -

    Today I read all of your Marty posts. I made comments on all of them...

  3. Hi Sharon,

    Love the poem. It speaks to my heart's desires. Thanks for stopping by my devotional writing blog and my photography blog and leaving a post. As always, it's much appreciated.


  4. I liked that poem too and the hope it expresses. Hard to believe all our sins will be washed away and forgiven, but HE says they will be. Sandie

  5. Way over a 100 years ago and still rings true! I love it.

  6. Sandra - Yes, I loved that last stanza, too. "And I'll bear my Master's image..." Doesn't that just sound like the most wonderful thing?!
    (P.S. Read your comments on my Marty posts - thank you. You made me smile when you said Marty might be anointed! Sometimes, I think he is... :)

    Judy - I agree. This poem is a wonderful "purpose" poem. I liked this line: "Which through life's varied trials, To Jesus simply clings."
    So good. I can think of nothing greater than to cling to Him. Enjoyed your post, and your photography blog is really, really nice. Always a pleasure to visit!

    Sandie - Washed away...can you think of anything quite so reassuring?? Glad you enjoyed this.

    Patrina - I know!! That's why I love these "quaint words" - it's like the people from years past just reach out and whisper in my ear. The truth of God's reality is timeless!

    GOD BLESS, everyone - hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

  7. A heart more disengaged from earthly things~which through trials clings to Jesus only--I paraphrased but I love the idea, Sharon.

    Thank you for this blessed post and your friendship.


    Remember the (in)courage post on Wednesday. I will have another reminder.

  8. Janis - Thanks for stopping by. Cling to Jesus only...yes, there is no other way!

    I am also thankful for your friendship, and for the encouragement I receive from your blog. I will be over on Wednesday to read your (in)courage post.



"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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