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Songs of Labour and Reform

The Quaker of the olden time.

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.

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