• “Many do not recognize the fact as they ought, that Satan has got men fast asleep in sin and that it is his great device to keep them so. He does not care what we do if he can do that. We may sing songs about the sweet by and by, preach sermons and say prayers until doomsday, and he will never concern himself about us, if we don’t wake anybody up. But if we awake the sleeping sinner he will gnash on us with his teeth. This is our work – to wake people up.” – Catherine Booth

Lean Hard by Octavius Winslow

“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee” (Psalm 55:22).

Child of My love, lean hard,
And let Me feel the pressure of thy care;
I know thy burden, child, I shaped it;
Poised it in My own hand, made no proportion in its weight to thine unaided strength;
For even as I laid it on, I said
I shall be near, and while he leans on Me,
This burden shall be Mine, not his;
So shall I keep My child within the circling arms of My own love.
Here lay it down, nor fear to impose it on a shoulder which upholds the government of worlds.
Yet closer come; thou art not near enough;
I would embrace thy care so I might feel My child reposing on My breast.
Thou lovest Me? I know it. Doubt not then;
But, loving Me, Lean Hard.”


“Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7)

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4 Responses to Lean Hard by Octavius Winslow

  • ana says:

    I love this poem (Lean Hard) and I would like to know if you can help me with some information about its author, for I have to make a presentation and explanation of a poem at school and speak a bit about its author, but I don't find anything about it on the Internet. If you know something about it, please, help me as soon as you can. May God bless you richly!

    • says:

      This poem was written by Octavius Winslow, a baptist pastor in the 1800's, living in New York and in England. It appears that Mary Prentiss Smith included it in the book, Streams in the Desert, without giving the author's name. Many listings on the internet attribute it to her. It is sad to continue this error.

  • Sharon L Buck says:

    I've always thought the author was unknown, also. Nice to know the truth and give him the credit. I've loved this poem for decades, shared it, leaned into its truth, and am so happy to have it so acccessible! Thank you.

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  • “They only did what God permitted them to do, which enabled me always to keep God in sight… When we suffer, we should always remember that God inflicts the blow. Wicked men, it is true, are not infrequently His instruments; and the fact does not diminish, but simply develops their wickedness. But when we are so mentally disposed that we love the strokes we suffer, regarding them as coming from God, and as expressions of what He sees best for us, we are then in the proper state to look forgivingly and kindly upon the subordinate instrument which He permits to smite us.” – Madame Guyon

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