Three Words

THERE are three lessons I would write,

  Three words as with a burning pen, 

In tracings of eternal light, 

Upon the hearts of men.

Have hope! Though clouds environ round, 

And gladness hides her face in scorn,

Put thou the shadow from thy brow; 

No night but hath its morn!

Have faith! Where'er thy bark is driven, 

The calm's disport, the tempest's mirth,

Know this: God rules the hosts of heaven, 

The inhabitants of earth.

Have love! Not love alone for one, 

But man, as man, thy brother call,

And scatter, like the circling sun, 

Thy charities on all.

Thus grave these lessons on thy soul, 

Hope, faith, and love, - and thou shall find

Strength when life's rudest surges roll, 

Light when thou else wert blind!