Poetry of Kansas

Then the Lord Will Fight Your Battles

Let your heart be often smiling;
Let your face be bright with laughter;
Let your face and heart be hopeful.
Then the world will fight your battles,
Then the Lord will fight your battles.
 
Do not let rebuffs rebuff you;
Do not let your troubles trouble;
Cheerful be howe'er the wind blow&
Then the world will fight your battles,
Then the Lord will fight your battles.
 
Think of every man as brother;
Note men's goodness more than badness;
Note the strength in human frailty.
Then the world will fight your battles,
Then the Lord will fight your battles.
 
Drop the chip that's on your shoulder;
Clear your soul of all its hatreds;
Look men in the eye and love them.
Then the world will fight your battles,
Then the Lord will fight your battles.
 
It is not the heart vindictive
That comes forth an easy victor;
Strike not back; be acquiescent.
Then the world will fight your battles,
Then the Lord will fight your battles.
 
Jesus says the meek are blessed,
And shall be the earth's true winners;
So be clear of all resentment.
Then the world will fight your battles,
Then the Lord will fight your battles.
 
Yet the truth speak, speak it fully;
Do not sugar human evils;
But with love well oil your sayings.
Then the world will fight your battles,
Then the Lord will fight your battles.
 
Be the man that's worth admiring;
Taking knocks with genial spirit;
Loving men whatever happens.
Then the world will fight your battles,
Then the Lord will fight your battles.
 
Be the man yourself would honor,
If, above. a mere spectator,
You could view this world of humans.
Then the world will fight your battles,
Then the Lord will fight your battles.
 

Quillings In Verse
John Edward Everett
(Smith Center: ___. 1912)
Pages 91-92

 
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