The Effect of Example

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THE EFFECT OF EXAMPLE

John Keble (1792-1866)

We scatter seeds with careless hand,
And dream we ne’er shall see them more;
But for a thousand years
Their fruit appears,
In weeds that mar the land,
Or healthful shore.

The deeds we do, the words we say,
Into still air they seem to fleet,
We count them ever past;
But they shall be last,
In the dread judgment they
And we shall meet.

I charge thee by the years gone by,
For the love’s sake of brethren dear,
Keep thou the one true way,
In work and play,
Lest in that world their cry
Of woe thou hear.

Mason City Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa) Oct 14, 1929

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