Charlie the Drummer Boy
A touching poem of a drummer boy in the Civil War. A wounded soldier found himself disabled and decided to wait for help. He began to talk to another injured soldier and found him a good companion. The story, amidst a very distressing situation, makes a Christian's outlook serve it well.
Excerpt from Charlie the Drummer Boy:
"O blessed Lord Jesus, for me thou hast died;
I know of thy cross, and the wound in thy side.
Thou lovest poor sinners, and therefore I dare
To offer before thee my penitent prayer:
"Almighty Father, I have sinned
Against thy just commands.
My heart is full of wickedness,
And guilty are my hands.
Almighty Son, thy sufferings
With coldness I have viewed;
I have repaid thy wondrous love
With base ingratitude.
Almighty Spirit, I have oft
Despised thy voice within:
When thou hast warned and plead with me,
I would not turn from sin.
Thou art my Father, though I am
A wicked, wandering child.
Forgive me, Lord, for Jesus' sake
With me be reconciled.
O gentle Savior, let me share
The pardon thou hast brought;
Help me to serve thee evermore,
And love thee as I ought.
O Holy Spirit, make me pure
In thought and word and deed:
Teach me to pray, to strive with sin,
And in thy strength succeed.
And when I die, O may this soul
Which thou hast now forgiven,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Eternally in heaven."