Upon a Life I Have Not Lived, Upon a Death I Did Not Die

Upon a Life I have not lived,
Upon a Death I did not die,
Another’s Life; Another’s Death,
I stake my whole eternity.
Not on the tears which I have shed,
Not on the sorrows I have known,
Another’s tears; Another’s griefs,
On these I rest, on these alone.

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

HT: @ScottAniol