Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Call Back

If you have gone a little way ahead of me, call back­;
'Twill cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track;
And if, perchance, Faith's light is dim, because the oil is low,
Your call will guide my lagging course as wearily I go.

Call back, and tell me that He went with you into the storm;
Call back, and say He kept you when the forest's roots were torn;
That when the heavens thundered and the earthquake shook the hill,
He bore you up and held you where the very air was still.

O friend, call back and tell me, for I cannot see your face;
They say it glows with triumph, and your feet bound in the race;
But there are mists between us, and my spirit eyes are dim,
And I cannot see the glory, though I long for word of Him.

But if you'll say He heard you when your prayer was but a cry,
And if you'll say He saw you through the night's sin-darkened sky,­
If you have gone a little way ahead, O friend, call back,­
'Twill cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track.

- Selected
(Quoted in Streams In The Desert devotional)


  1. Anonymous4/27/2008

    Does anyone know the author of this poem? My mother gave it to me before her death, without the author listed. I would even like to know the title of the book out of which it was copied...


  2. Anonymous11/19/2008

    I would like to know too. My mom gave it to me when I little younger. And I'm still trying to understand it.

  3. I don't know what book it was originally published in, but it is in Streams In The Desert, a daily devotional put together by Mrs. Charles Cowman in 1925. There is no author listed in the book.

    The poem is pretty simple: If someone else is doing better than I spiritually, and I am weak, then call back to encourage me on the way (in my walk with the Lord). Keep leading on, and keep calling back, so I know I am not struggling alone.

  4. I had thought the poem was by Mrs. Cowman, who had included it in her foreword to the book. Unfortunately I have no date for the writing of that foreword, as I have misplaced the little old volume. I once typed out her word and poem, placing them in a journal. Here is the beginning of that:

    "'It shall turn to you for a testimony'(Luke 21:13)
    "Life is a steep climb, and it does the heart good to have somebody 'call back' and cheerily beckon us on up the high hill. We are all climbers together, and we must help one another. This mountain climbing is serious business, but glorious. It takes strength and steady step to find the summits. The outlook widens with the altitude. If anyone among us has found anything worth while, we ought to 'call back.'"

    Then the poem is beneath that, and the whole seems to have been written by her.

  5. Mrs. Cowman gleaned these poems and stories from many different sources and put them together in books to be an encouragement to her husband when he was ill. Most of the poems used do not list an author. If specific ones were written by her, I have no way of being sure, I usually try to do a search online to see if I can locate the original writer, but sometimes all that reveals is "Anonymous" or "Author unknown."

    Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

  6. Anonymous1/28/2011

    roslin Goforth might have been the author