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First Line: Learn, learn, learn
Last Line: All shall be clear in time. Be not afraid.
Alternate Author Name(s): Cross, George, Mrs.
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


LEARN, learn, learn, --
Our beautiful world is not a field for sheep;
Not just a place wherein to laugh and weep,
To eat and drink, to dance and sigh and sleep.
And then to moulder into senseless dust.

Learn, learn, learn, --
Look up and learn -- you cannot look too high!
Not for the earthly wealth which brains can buy,
Not for the sake of gold and luxury --
Treasures corrupted by the moth and rust.

Learn, learn, learn, --
As one in whom the Lord has breathed His breath,
And aye redeemed from the power of death --
Not as the dumb brute-beast that perisheth,
Not as a soulless, thoughtless, thankless clod.

Learn, learn, learn, --
With love and awe and patience -- not in haste;
Drink deeply, -- do not pass by with a taste;
O make your land a garden, not a waste! --
Your mind bright, to reflect the face of God.

Learn, learn, learn, --
The mystic beauty and the truth of life;
Search out the treasures whereof earth is rife.
Search on all sides, with pain and prayer and strife;
Search even into darkness. Do not fear.

Learn, learn, learn, --
With a true, steadfast heart, lay up your hoard;
God will sort out the treasures you have stored,
And set them in His bright light, afterward.
He will make all your difficulties clear.

Learn, learn, learn, --
Death is no breaking at a certain place;
We only pause there for a little space.
And then -- you would not shame Him to His face? --
You, in His Image and own Likeness made!

Learn, learn, learn, --
Walk with wide-open eyes and reverent heart.
Worship as God the beautiful in art.
Though you see now but dimly, and in part,
All shall be clear in time. Be not afraid.






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