OBEDIENCE is like the gem 

Prized most in kingly diadem, 

And shines with pure and radiant light, 

Like stars that crown the brow of night, 

And is the groundwork and the frame 

On which to build a noble name; 

And though the name may not be known 

Beyond the circle of the home, 

Yet its pure influence here on earth, 

Will far excel the diamond's worth, 

And like sweet incense it will rise 

And reach to worlds beyond the skies.

Anna Linden.