Friday, September 14, 2012

Once to every man and nation...

English: Image of American writer and diplomat...
English: Image of American writer and diplomat James Russell Lowell as a younger man. Cropped version. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Title page of My Study Windows by Jam...
English: Title page of My Study Windows by James Russell Lowell. Printed in Boston in 1871 by James R. Osgood and Company. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Once to Every Man and Nation

Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, some great decision, offering each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever, ’twixt that darkness and that light…

...Though the cause of evil prosper, yet the truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong;
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above His own.

From the poem by James Russell Lowell printed in the Bos­ton Cour­i­er
De­cem­ber 11, 1845.

*man:generic/male and female

A memorial note: We have learned today of the death of Margaret W. Owens (May 30, 1922-August 10, 2012), wife of M. O. Owens, Gastonia, NC's Covenant Village. In the recent The Watchman dedication, Mr. Owens wrote: "I am grateful to God for the brief time she graced our household, and gave me her love in fullness." 

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