Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MAN MUST DO MORE FOR MAN, by HARRY RANDOLPH BLYTHE



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MAN MUST DO MORE FOR MAN, by            
First Line: It has taken the ages to teach us
Last Line: When man does more for man.


IT has taken the ages to teach us,
Long struggles through error and pain,
Too slow was the truth to reach us,
Though the truth was always plain;
But we know at this latest hour,
As the wisdom of God's great plan,
If the race shall grow into power,
Man must do more for man.

'T is the centuries' one conclusion,
The gift of the blood-drenched years,
The dawn from the night's confusion,
The hope that is forged from fears;
And the words burn now like fire
(Though obscured when the world began),
If we as a race rise higher,
Man must do more for man.

Dead peoples knew of His sayings
And they kept the truth in their creeds,
They voiced the truth in their prayings,
But they lived it not in their deeds;
Self-love and the self's own pleasure
Was the rule and the law with men,
Now the heart has a broader measure
And the race has a larger ken.

We have come to the clear decision
Through the travail of the soul,
But at last we have seen the vision —
Humanity moves as a whole;
And we know at this raptured hour
That the welfare of all is His plan,
And the race shall come into power
When man does more for man.





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