Shepherd's Ideal

Give me a man of God the truth to preach,
A house of prayer within convenient reach,
Seat-rents the poorest of the poor can pay,
A spot so small one pastor can survey:
Give these-and give the Spirit's genial shower,
Scotland shall be a garden all in flower!

Robert Murray M'Cheyne, 1838

(Painting by Anne Dalton)


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