[Written for the Sentinel]

The First Commandment

One God there is, a God of peace,
Whose watchful care doth never fail.
Truth maketh every ill to cease;
True worship shall indeed avail.

Beware thou, then, lest idols take
Truth's place in thy adoring heart,
Till thou to them thy homage make,
And from the chosen path depart.

When thou dost fear an evil hour,
And turn'st from God to idols vain,
Is there indeed an evil power
To bring to God's own children pain?

Or if thou seem'st in bonds to be
To sin or sorrow, want, disease,
Canst thou therein no idol see,
That thou dost worship on thy knees?

As impotent as gods of stone,
Thou givest them their vaunted strength;
Seek thou the God of truth alone,
And they to earth shall fall at length.

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"For we be brethren"
April 17, 1915

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