Did God Make Satan?
Of pristine purity, of light and joy,
Bloom knew no blight and pleasure no alloy___
Did He create the demon of caprice ?
Create the strife that never more can cease ?
The conflicts that our lives do so annoy?
Why send the subtle serpent to decoy?
O why let cruel wrong and crime increase ?
Souls burst in anguish, fond hearts break with
Grim Death despoils the noblest work of life;
Men struggle, fall, crushed as the withered leaf,
And writhe in sable storms of bitter strife.
Did'st Thou, O God, create the evil one?
Give man, we pray Thee, strength to stand
__Colfax Burgoyne Harman
Poems Of Sentiment
Colfax Burgoyne Harman
(Valley Falls, Kansas: Harman Publishing. 1905)