I’ve been sorting through some Dropbox files and decided to share some of these old verses with you. I feel this verse has relevance for all time. However, I’ve used a bit of poetic license and split his longer lines into the style we’re more familiar with today. A lot easier reading, methinks.
by Canadian poet Archibald Lampman (1861 – 1899) 'Tis well with words, oh masters, ye have sought, to turn men's eyes, yearning to the great and true, yet first take heed to what your own hands do. By deeds, not words the souls of men are taught; good lives alone are fruitful; they are caught into the fountain of all life where-through men's souls that drink are broken or made new. Like drops of heavenly elixir fraught with the clear essence of eternal youth; even one little deed of weak untruth is like a drop of quenchless venom cast. A liquid thread into life's feeding stream, woven forever with its crystal gleam, bearing the seed of death and woe at last.