[Written for the Sentinel.]

Truth's Final Peace Offer

AT night, on Mount of Olives, Jesus keptA faithful vigil while earth's nations slept.By day, within the temple's calm, he taughtThe verities of being he had wroughtTo gain on Olives' heights. Again, this hour,The world receives the wondrous peace and pow'rOf those blest nights of wakefulness and daysOf restful teaching. God's triumphant waysDeclare earth's peace,—the peace all nations keepForever. Mind's truths slumber not nor ever sleep.The Master taught: Who would be great must beThe least of all, since Truth alone makes free;Who would be first is servant still of all;One chained by human pride is error's thrall.

Earth's tumults end; sin's strivings now shall cease;The world accepts Truth's final gift of peace.Yea, Mind's last offer of true peace is giv'n,Proclaiming church and home and work and heav'nAs one. To watch upon Love's heights by night,And teach by day the wondrous pow'r and mightOf God, the King of heav'n and earth, is stillThe work of all mankind. To do God's will,—To keep the pledge of Truth eternally,Earth's nations shall forever watch and pray.At night, on Mount of Olives, Jesus soughtTo heal a sleeping world. By day, he taughtTruth's lasting peace of love and joy and good,—One church, one heaven, and one brotherhood.

August 10, 1918
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