Can a mother forget the child of her love

Can a mother forget the child of her love

Author: F. G. Burroughs
Published in 1 hymnal

Representative Text

1 Can a mother forget the child of her love,
The babe she hath nourished and blessed?
Can she blot from her thoughts the flesh of her flesh,
The infant she clasped to her breast?

Chorus:
Can a mother forget? can a mother forget?
Oh, sad is the answer, she may;
But he who that died for us will not forget,
Though far from his fold we may stray.

2 Can a mother forget the child of her prayers,
The boy who her counsels may spurn?
Thought wandering now on the broad way of sin,
She prays for the loved one's return. [Chorus]

3 Can a mother forget the child she has soothed
When sobbing with terror or grief?
Will her heart, with its wealth of comfort e'er fail
To bring to her darling relief? [Chorus]

4 Can a mother forget? yea, even she may
Be deaf to the voice of thy plea;
But He whose compassions fail never, hath said,
"My child, I will not forget thee!" [Chorus]

Source: The Silver Trumpet: a collection of new and selected hymns; for use in public worship, revival services, prayer and social meetings, and Sunday schools #71

Author: F. G. Burroughs

F. G. Burroughs was born in 1856 (nee Ophelia G. Browning) was the daughter of William Garretson Browning, a Methodist Episcopal minister, and Susan Rebecca Webb Browning. She married Thomas E. Burroughs in 1884. He died in 1904. She married Arthur Prince Adams, in 1905. He was a minister. Her poem, "Unanswered yet" which was written in 1879, was published in the The Christian Standard in 1880 with the name F. G. Browning. She also wrote under the name of Ophelia G. Adams and Mrs. T. E. Burroughs. Dianne Shapiro from The Literary Digest, July 29, 1899., The Register, Pine Plains, NY, October 24, 1884, Alumni Record of Wesleyan University, Middleton, Conn. 1921 Go to person page >

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Author: F. G. Burroughs
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