[Written for the Sentinel]

"Be of good cheer"

Because he knew the sick man's need to cope
With dark despair when all the way seems drear,
The great Physician spoke these words of hope:
"Be of good cheer."

Because he knew the need of courage high,
Because he knew the banefulness of fear,
He bade the sick to let sick thoughts go by,
Be of good cheer.

He knew the gladness of the flowers and trees,
The birds, the rosy dawns, the changing year;
He knew that men forgetting self, like these
Shall find good cheer.

Because he knew the merry heart does good
To all who come within its sunny sphere,
Not for ourselves alone he meant we should
Be of good cheer.

Because he knew the helpful power that girds
The man by grace of God made free from fear,
The wise and great Physician spoke the words,
"Be of good cheer."

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November 11, 1916

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