1 In the tempest of life, when the wave and the gale
Are around and above, if thy footing should fail,
If thine eye should grow dim, and thy caution depart,
"Look aloft!" and be firm, and be fearless of heart.
2 If the friend who embraced in prosperity’s glow,
With a smile for each joy, and a tear for each woe,
Should betray thee, when sorrows like clouds are arrayed,
"Look aloft" to the friendship which never shall fade.
3 Should the visions which hope spreads in light to thine eye,
Like the tints of the rainbow, but brighten to fly,
Then turn, and through tears of repentant regret,
"Look aloft" to the sun that is never to set.
4 Should the dearest of earth, the son of thy heart,
The wife of thy bosom in sorrow depart,
"Look aloft" from the darkness and dust of the tomb,
To that soil where affection is ever in bloom.
5 And oh, when death comes in his terrors to cast,
His fears on the future, his pall on the past,
In that moment of darkness, with hope in thy heart,
And a smile in thine eye, "look aloft" and depart.
Lawrence, Jonathan. (1807--April 26, 1838 [sic]). Born in New York, graduated from Columbia College in 1823. Practiced law. After his death his brother had printed for private circulation a small volume of his writings in prose and verse.
--Cleveland, Charles Dexter. (1868). Lyra Sacra Americana. New York: Charles Scribner and Company. Go to person page >