PEACE AND LOVE

THERE are two angels, messengers of Light,
       Both born of God, who yet are bitterest foes.
    No human breast their dual presence knows:
As violently opposed as wrong and right,
When one draws near, the other takes swift flight,
    And when one enters, thence the other goes.
    Till mortal life in the immortal flows,
So must these two avoid each other's sight.

Despair and hope may meet within one heart,
    The vulture may be comrade to the dove,
       Pleasure and Pain swear friendship leal and true,
But, till the grave unites them, still apart
    Must dwell those angels known as Peace and Love;
       For only Death can reconcile the two.

Poetical works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox. by Ella Wheeler
Edinburgh : W. P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, 1917.


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