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Far shining names from age to age

Far-shining names from age to age
enrich the Church's heritage,
the loyal liegemen of the Lord,
who found in thee their great reward.

One name from that immortal throng
inspires to-day our festal song:
in loving memory we hold
the bishop and the saint of old,

who, far away in eastern land,
with gentle heart and open hand
loved all things living, shared his store
with homeless men who sought his door.

Friend of the poor, no less was he
the guardian saint of those at sea;
o'er wave-swept rock and sheltered bay
God's churches bear his name to-day.

And his the skill, the tender art
that wins the trustful, child-like heart:
his dearest title to the end
'Saint Nicolas, the children's friend.'

To thee, 0 Lord, the praise be given
for this true citizen of heaven
a star above the stormy sea
to lead the wanderer home to thee.


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