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[336] Still on the town seal his device is found,
     Grapes, flax, and thread-spool on a trefoil ground,
With ‘Vinum, Linum et Textrinum’ wound.

One house sufficed for gospel and for law,
     Where Paul and Grotius, Scripture text and saw,
Assured the good, and held the rest in awe.

Whatever legal maze he wandered through,
     He kept the Sermon on the Mount in view,
And justice always into mercy grew.

No whipping-post he needed, stocks, nor jail,
     Nor ducking-stool; the orchard-thief grew pale
At his rebuke, the vixen ceased to rail,

The usurer's grasp released the forfeit land;
     The slanderer faltered at the witness-stand,
And all men took his counsel for command.

Was it caressing air, the brooding love
     Of tenderer skies than German land knew of,
Green calm below, blue quietness above,

Still flow of water, deep repose of wood
     That, with a sense of loving Fatherhood
And childlike trust in the Eternal Good,

Softened all hearts, and dulled the edge of hate,
     Hushed strife, and taught impatient zeal to wait
The slow assurance of the better state?

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