Poetry of Kansas

The Two Angels

An angel came to earth to try
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)
Pages 33-34

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