The seal of Love

Originally published in the May 1, 1890 issue of the Christian Science Series (Vol. 2, No. 1)

Rom. viii. 17.
Gen. i. 26.

What is thy birthright, man,
Child of the perfect One?
What is thy Father's plan
For His beloved son?

Thou art the heir of Life;
Then life is always thine.
Proving its deathlessness
Shall be thy "following sign."

Thou art Truth's honest child,
Of sinless heart and pure.
As thy elder brother mild
Hide not thy "calling sure."

Born of the perfect Love, —
Unfailing, tender, true,—
Thou art its carrier-dove,
Sweeping the wide world through.

Thy Father hath all power;
His wisdom is His throne.
In this portentous hour
His children claim their own.

Made in God's likeness, thou,
Wearing Dominion's crown,
Illusive self shall bow,
Borne by the Christ-love down.

The dream of sense appears,
As Truth dawns on the sight,
A phantom of thy fears,
Fleeing before the light.

The harmony divine
Enfolds thee in its joy.
Thou bringest the new wine —
Gladness without alloy.

Thou hast the gift from God —
Dominion over all.
Take thon the charmèd rod;
Thou art not error's thrall!

Sit on thy Father's throne,
Co-heir with Christ, our Life,
Ruling with Him alone —
The Love that knows no strife.

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