[Written for the Sentinel.]


Love knows the truth! No sudden shaft of light,
Cleaving the darkness of a sleeping world,
Speeds with a swifter, surer, gladder flight
To wake the sweetness in soft petals furled
Than wings Love's thought of truth. Mid haunting fear,
Mid sorrow, anger, selfishness, disdain,
When mortal thought sinks cowering o'er the bier
Of earthly hopes, while matter tries in vain
To give man peace, Love's ever steadfast eyes,
Serene and clear, see all the perfect view
Of God's creation, see the cloudless skies
Of selfless joy giving to man anew
His splendid birthright, everlasting good.
Love sees dark mists of doubt in Truth's warm glow
Lose their fantastic shapes, while faith is wooed
From wistful hope to heights whence man can know
Life's changeless peace—the radiant golden day
Of Truth revealed through Love's illuming ray.

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