[Written for the Sentinel]

Wide Swing the Gates

Dim, distant vision, gray and indistinct,
Hidden as yet in the dense mortal haze,
Beckons our faith that knows before it sees
The dawn of happiness, of God's bright days.

Gray, indistinct! Yet even as we peer,
Striving to pierce old chaos' density,
Behold, the light! the light! the shifting scene!
The somber hues are fled; the dawn we see!

Lift up your heads! Rejoice in boundless Love!
Blest victory over death, disease, and sin!
Wide swing the gates through which the vision comes—
God's universe, the Christ, the Church within!

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February 25, 1928

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