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Buchen, Walther (ed.) / The Wisconsin magazine
Vol. VII, No. 5 (February 1910)

Plea of the pack,   p. 38


Page 38


THE WISCONSIN MAGAZINE
      Plea of the Pack
   And shall you dash the cup from eager lips
That seek to 'scape the lash of scorpion whips
Wielded by Conscience, that stern Lord of Life?
Who lashes mouths that seeks by stolen sips
Of fiery waters to quench inward strife
And learn a little somewhat of God's peace-
If only for the moment's calm release?
    What if we die a little e'er our time?
We go a little cleaner of the grime,
The world smuts on our souls each day we live.
A moment's peace, though it be bought with crime,
Is worth more than a year of life can give.
Who are you to tell others what to do?
Choose I to go to hell-what's that to you?
    Are you blind Holder of the Scales and Sword?
Are you your brother's keeper and his lord?
If God is God and men's fates foreordained,
How can he blame obedience to His word?
And if there be Free-will and souls be stained
With freely chosen sin-why should you mean?
Shall Man not use as pleases him his own?
    Of God so very little do we crave,
 And all we ever get-one earthy grave!
 But even that may be more than our due.
 But then there is the Promise Someone gave
 As to a better land for me and you?
 Why should you strive to make me enter in
 When I would rather have my slough of sin?
DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE STUDENT COURT IS?


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