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First Line: Deep in the west the godless mormons dwell
Last Line: Stand in the baffling wind and speak of heaven!
Subject(s): Livingstone, David (1813-1873); Mackenzie, John (1835-1899); Missions & Missionaries; Mormons

'Deep in the West the godless Mormons dwell,
In the far East the Taepings waste and burn,
And stamp the name of Christ on deeds of hell -
Ah me! for comfort whither shall I turn,
While East and West breed mockeries like these?'
I turned to Livingstone, on Afric's soil
Labouring, and good Mackenzie's holy toil,
And Selwyn praying for the southern seas -
But never thought more tender and sublime
To any bleeding anxious heart was given,
Than when I learned that not a wind-bound sail,
Near this rough foreland, waits the favouring gale,
But Christian men observe the vacant time,
Stand in the baffling wind and speak of heaven!

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