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Below is the poem entitled GRACE GROWS BEST IN WINTER which was written by poet Brian Strand. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I had but one joy,this apple
of my eye, to preach of Christ
,my Lord.Now I hang but by
a thread,but if I may say,
it is all of Christ’s spinning;
Day by day the bloom fell
off my branches and joy did 
cast its flower.And yet I might
still meet with joy up in the
rainbow’s bower.There the 
good Husbandman does pick
His rose and gather His lily.
The night will close the door 
And hasten my anchor within
the veil and I shall go away
to sleep,leaving others,now
to tell my tale.

An phrasis epitaph of Samuel Rutherford 
using phrases selected from his letters.
Listen to me read this phrasis on youtube under the name ichthyschiro

.*A Phrasis is a structured verse where the poet uses selected prose phrases of another writer’s(not a poet)   to compile  unique poetry therefrom as a tribute thereto,the word phrasis is Greek for phrase.Samuel Rutherford was a Scottish pastor (1600-1661)and one of the author’s of the Westminister confession of 1647.

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