History of Saint James’: A Poem for Easter

Last week, we introduced Mildred Grace Street (1880-1956), chorister at Saint James’ Church for 28 years, and her husband, T. “Willie” Street, organist.  As a team, Mr. and Mrs. Street were very much a part of the Saint James’ family, dedicating their lives by glorifying God through musical talent.

Mildred was also a gifted poet; her love of nature, the good earth, and her faith are reflected in her verse.

Reprinted here is an illustration of her work, appropriate to the season.

Street, Mildred GraceThe Risen Christ

O Risen Christ we Thee adore,
Through elements of Bread and Wine.
Pour forth Thy Risen Self in us,
Dwell in our souls Thou Christ Divine.

Unless Thou dwellest in our hearts,
And fillest us with Food Divine;
We cannot live the perfect life,
Or keep our soul as pure as Thine.

When at Thine Altar we do kneel
In adoration at Thy feet;
Receiving Thee in Holy Mass,
Do Thou our souls protected keep.

Bestow Thy love on us each day,
And give us strength to travel on
And worship Thee through Sacraments,
That we may sing the Angels song.

At Eastertide the Angels sing,
They worship Thee and do Thy will,
So fill our hearts with Holy Peace,
And in Thy Presence keep us still.

From Life’s Memories 1895-1941, by Mildred Grace Street