[Editor: This poem by L. E. Homfray was published in The Bush Brother (Dubbo, NSW), October 1912.]
Not in Vain.
Oh! not in vain, that life of love,
That dying prayer,
While troubled souls may live in hope
That love to share.
Not all in vain, the agony,
If to the cross one sinner turns
His dying eyes.
And not in vain the bitter tears
By mourners shed,
If in eternal hope we leave
Our blessed dead.
Not all in vain the hour of trial,
The darkest night,
If by the Cross our souls are led
To heaven’s light.
L. E. Homfray.
The Bush Brother (Dubbo, NSW), October 1912, p. 108
The Bush Brother was a religious publication, which described itself as “A Quarterly Paper conducted by Members of the Brotherhood of the Good Shepherd.” The Brotherhood was “A Society, consisting of Clergy and Laity of the Church of England, formed for the purpose of Ministering to the Spiritual needs of the Dwellers in the Bush Districts of the Bathurst Diocese.”
On page 12 of the same issue, where thanks were being given to contributors, the editor wrote: “Miss L. E. Homfray has very kindly sent us a poem.”