The Two Angels
To teach the truth as known on high;
But having tried,
In grief he cried:
"The things of God they do but spurn;__
Is truth too high for them to learn
Their souls appear to be too weak
To grasp the verities I speak;
Their vision clings
To lower things;
An earthly maxim suits them well,
While truths diviner but repel."
An angel came to dwell on earth;
He lived a life of heavenly worth;
And men, amazed,
Upon him gazed,
And said: "Such living is, indeed,
The very kind we deeply need."
By showing did this angel lead
To highest thought and noblest deed.
Weak is the word
That's merely heard;
But doing, living, counts, is strong,
In turning human souls from wrong.
Quillings In Verse
John Edward Everett
(Smith Center: ___. 1912)