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Did God Make Satan?

Did God make Satan? In this world of
        peace,
    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
        grief;
    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
        alone!

__Colfax Burgoyne Harman

 

Poems Of Sentiment
Colfax Burgoyne Harman
(Valley Falls, Kansas: Harman Publishing. 1905)
Page 94

 
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