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I reach to tightly hold their hands
Saint Joan of Arc and Saint Thérèse; Are gifts from God through Mary's hands
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I reach to tightly hold their hands Saint Joan of Arc and Saint Thérèse Are gifts from God through Mary's hands I did not know the great extent Nor just what Jesus really meant When first Our Lady He bestowed A love for her in me that flowed Until I could not hold inside The movements of this graceful tide To love her so, I asked Him please For pureness and humility In me those things do not exist Most sins I never could resist So, Jesus sent as Mary said Saint Joan of Arc and Saint Thérèse To offer me in charity A little of their own, you see How could our mighty Lord now frown? When Mary shows Him my new crowns Shared by these saints who love me so Who pulled them from their treasure trove The best of all these graces be To live in spiritual poverty Though empty in myself I know I walk with sweet and holy souls As Jesus lifts them high, so grand I reach to tightly hold their hands ~ Walter Emerson