By Cecil Frances Alexander (Londonderry, December 1844)
And the hardest strife o' a'
Is when the greed o' gain comes in
And drives God's grace awa'.
When the punishment comes at last
And we'd gi' the whole world to undo the deed
That deed that's gone and past.
And over the bintie bright
Dinna ye mark a fir-tree stand
Beside yon gable white.
And he haunts their children yet.