Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE BEYOND, by MYRTILLA FILSON STEWART

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THE BEYOND, by            
First Line: To the great beyond we're plunging
Last Line: It pays to live true to our god.
Subject(s): Duty

To the great beyond we're plunging
Through the maddening whirling strife.
To the great unknown we're drifting
Not counting the value of life;
We are idling away the best of our years
Seeking pleasures, amusements and plays
Enacted by those of our loved ones
On the stage of life's golden dreams.

We are not counting the cost of our pleasures;
We are not keeping life's book so straight
That He who records our doings,
Can say, "Well done," not too late.
I have given you the world and its beauties;
I've given you health, and God's speed.
So remember in times of God's glories,
It's the time to harvest good seed.

So take heed, my brother, take heed;
There is an accountant who numbers our deeds;
Take heed, and let its summaries
Outlimit the seed of our sins
For it pays, it pays to live upright --
Yes, it pays, beyond question of doubt;
For the glories that come at life's sunrise
It pays to live true to our God.

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