1 Motherhood, sublime, eternal, lives in God’s great heart of Love;
Ever holds us, safe enfolds us, underneath, around, above;
Patient, tender, kind, forgiving, though in devious paths we roam;
Gently chides us, ever guides us, and all-loving, leads us home.
2 Ev’ry wrong will sure be righted; ev’ry evil swept away;
Truth upspringing, justice bringing, ushers in the brighter day;
Mother calls her earthly children, loves them, lifts them when they fall;
Striving, calling, fainting, falling, Motherlove enfolds them all.
3 God is love, and love forever in the motherheart is blest;
Lives the longest, lifts the strongest, far outreaching all the rest;
Not by might, and not by wisdom comes our lifting from the sod:
Love’s pure glory tells the story in the Motherheart of God.
Cutler, Rev. Julian Stearns. (Thomaston, Maine, March 15, 1854--May 22, 1930, Pawtucket, Rhode Island). He graduated in 1885 from the Theological School at Tufts College and served Universalist churches in Marblehead, Melrose, and Orange, Massachusetts; in Little Falls, New York; and in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He wrote a good deal of occasional verse which had publication in newspapers and was collected in a privately printed book after his death under the title Songs of Cheer. One of his hymns, "Motherhood, sublime eternal," written about 1910, was included in Hymns of the Church, 1917, and, in slightly altered form, in Hymns of the Spirit, 1937.
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