The Quaker of the olden time!
How calm and firm and true,
Unspotted by its wrong and crime,
He walked the dark earth through,
The lust of power, the love of gain,
The thousand lures of sin
Around him, had no power to stain
The purity within.

With that deep insight which detects
All great things in the small,
And knows how each man's life affects
The spiritual life of all,
He walked by faith and not by sight,
By love and not by law;
The presence of the wrong or right
He rather felt than saw.

He felt that wrong with wrong partakes,
That nothing stands alone,
That whoso gives the motive, makes His
brother's sin his own
And, pausing not for doubtful choice
Of evils great or small,
He listened to that inward voice
Which called away from all.

O Spirit of that early day,
So pure and strong and true,
Be with us in the narrow way
Our faithful fathers knew.
Give strength the evil to forsake,
The cross of Truth to bear,
And love and reverent fear to make
Our daily lives a prayer!

Views: 95

Comment by Margaret Bienert on 2nd mo. 11, 2011 at 6:54am
Beautiful!  Thank you.

Comment

You need to be a member of QuakerQuaker to add comments!

Join QuakerQuaker

Support Us

Did you know that QuakerQuaker is 100% reader supported? If you think this kind of outreach and conversation is important, please support it with a monthly subscription or one-time gift.


You can also make a one-time donation.

Latest Activity

Keith Saylor posted a blog post

Hidden Things Revealed

Research Note:Robert Rich published a pamphlet in 1678 titled Hidden Things brought to Light or the…See More
1 hour ago
Ibo von Schubert replied to Barbara Smith's discussion 'When is Ohio Yearly Meeting this year?' in the group Conservative Friends
"any word on this year ( 2019) the OTM website only has 2018 info in it. thanks!"
yesterday
Keith Saylor commented on Patricia Dallmann's blog post 'New Essay at Abiding Quaker: The Best Gift of Life'
"A response to Adria's article: Hello Adria, While I am not part of the visible Church, I am a…"
3rd day (Tue)
Patricia Dallmann posted a blog post
2nd day (Mon)
Rainer Möller posted blog posts
1st day (Sun)
Kirby Urner posted a blog post

Video Blogging: Quaker Journaling 3.0

Quaker Journaling 2.0 was ordinary blogging.See More
7th day (Sat)
Mike Shell posted a discussion
3rd month 14
K M updated their profile
3rd month 13

© 2019   Created by QuakerQuaker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service