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“Lean Hard” by Octavius Winslow

September 19, 2011

At our Prayer Group Meeting on September 12, Dinah Breu shared the following modern language version of the beautiful poem, “Lean Hard,” by Octavius Winslow: 

Child of My love, lean hard,
And let Me feel the pressure of your care;
I know your burden, child, I shaped it;
Balanced it in My own hand; made no proportion
In its weight to your unaided strength,
For even as I laid it on, I said,
“I will be near, and while she leans on Me,
This burden will be Mine, not hers;
So will I keep My child within the circling arms
Of My own love.” Here lay it down, nor fear
To impose it on a shoulder that upholds
The government of worlds. Yet closer come:
You are not near enough. I would embrace your care;
So I might feel My child reclining on My breast.
You love Me, I know. So then do not doubt;
But, loving Me, lean hard.

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22).

“Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). 

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27, NIV)

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  1. Barbara Redburn permalink

    I love this poem! It helped me tremendously years ago when I was going through such a difficult time, and I did Lean hard on the Lord!
    But the correct author is, Octavius Winslow, a Baptist pastor of the 1800’s.

    • Thank you for this information, Barbara. As you see, I’ve made the correction. And thank you for sharing how you leaned hard on the Lord, and experienced his loving embrace.

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