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07/06/19 Weekend Grif.Net – The Present Crisis

07/06/19 Weekend Grif.Net – The Present Crisis

 

Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide, =

In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or =
evil side;

Some great cause, God’s new Messiah, offering each the =
bloom or blight,

Parts the goats upon the left hand, and the sheep upon =
the right,

And the choice goes by forever ‘twixt that darkness and =
that light.

 

Hast thou chosen, O my people, on whose party thou shalt =
stand,

Ere the Doom from its worn sandals shakes the dust =
against our land?

Though the cause of Evil prosper, yet ’tis Truth alone =
is strong,

And, albeit she wander outcast now, I see around her =
throng

Troops of beautiful, tall angels, to enshield her from =
all wrong.

 

Backward look across the ages and the beacon-moments =
see,

That, like peaks of some sunk continent, jut through =
Oblivion’s sea;

Not an ear in court or market for the low, foreboding =
cry

Of those Crises, God’s stern winnowers, from whose feet =
earth’s chaff must fly;

Never shows the choice momentous till the judgment hath =
passed by.

 

Careless seems the great Avenger; history’s pages but =
record

One death-grapple in the darkness ‘twixt old systems and =
the Word;

Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the =
throne,—

Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim =
unknown,

Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His =
own.

 

[excerpts from a poem of the same name by James Russell =
Lowell]

 

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Dr Bob Griffin =

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