Unusual poem to encourage YOU!
Young folks are not taught much history any more. Likewise, good literature is becoming more and more scarce unless you dig around for it. As far as I can tell, this poem has not been shared on the internet.
That aside, many of the Lord's servants are becoming tired lately - even afraid. So, here are words to strengthen our feeble hands. As we continue in the power of Christ alone.
But you brothers, be not weary in well doing. 2 Thess 3:13 KJV. And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right. 2 Thess 3:13. NIV
Religion WHEN advancd in pow'r,
Will make you HUSBAND every hour.
'Twill make MEN strive with all their might,
And therein FIND a sweet delight.
If there were NOUGHT besides that pay
Christ gives TO cheer us in our way;
Should we not DO the best we can?
For there's NO such reward from man.
Shall others WORK, and not regard
Their strength TO get a small reward?
Whilst we TURN slugs, and loiter thus?
O that THEIR zeal might quicken us.
Why are our HANDS, and feet so slow,
When we UNTO our business go?
How can we THEN Christ's pay expect,
And yet the CHRISTIANS work reject,
If this, then ALSO that embrace
Them both; IF not, we both disgrace.
Some if THEY could these two divide,
'Twould PLEASE them well, with Christ to side
But if they MAY not, then it were
As good CEASE pleading, they'll not hear:
Rouse up FROM sloth, my soul betake
Thee to thy WORK, no cavils make.
O strive, AND try Saints say that even,
The pain they TAKE, hath much of heaven.
But yet THEIR best wine's kept till last,
Their rest, and EASE comes all so fast.
Now read the capitalized words in each line down the page for a 'secret' message in timely rhyme.