His vision penetrates the gauze
That hides the sham and the unreal,
And sees beyond the lines and laws
That constitute the fair ideal ;
The clouds may darken all his days
He knows they have a silver lining,
And that above earth's mists and haze
The lamps of heaven still are shining.
He hears the word of faithful friend
In tones of anger rudely spoken,
But quickly memory doth send
To wounded heart love's old-time token
He does not waste a moment's time,
Nor vex his soul in idle grieving,
But sings a merry little rhyme,
And tastes the sweetness of forgiving.
Disease may throw him on a bed,
And tackle lung and heart and liver
While he can lift his hand or head
He blesses still the Mercy Giver
He says that sickness comes to rid
Of poisons his law-breaking body,
And all the microbes In him hid
Will fly before blue-mass and toddy.
Hard luck may strike him with her fist,
And leave him prostrate, bruised and bleeding,
With little power to resist
The cormorants upon him feeding
Yet from his lips escapes no curse,
Nor does he blame his stars above him,
But says it might have been much worse,
And thinks the fates will turn and love him.
His eyes look thru the uncouth dress
And see the loyal heart beneath it
Tho thorn-crown on the brow doth press,
There's only love for those who weave it
Tho by blind hate and vengeful ire
The spikes thru hands and feet are driven,
Deep In the soul there's one desire--
That this their crime may be forgiven.
He looks upon a world of sin
Portrayed by venal, jaundiced journals--
Its scenes of blood, tumult, and din.
As if were loose all hell's infernals;
He says these things must all needs be--
Are pangs of a new world a-borning;
That soon the night away will flee,
And then will dawn millenial morning.
__J. M. Cavaness.
J. M. Cavaness
(Chanute: Tribune Pub. Co. 1913)