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Poetry Pleases: Evil And Good

If man is fallen, why then good?
If hatred reigns why do we love?
If all is hopeless why the road?
And why still lift our eyes above?

John Aylings' poem points the way to gratitude and hope.

When I recall the days of old
The youthful days of yesteryear,
When maids were maids, and knights were bold,
And honour was by all held dear.

I wonder if I was misled
By those who thus their homage paid,
For all those heroes now are dead,
And honour in derision laid.

Maybe it was a prophet's dream
That Adam did in Eden dwell;
That God did man from sin redeem
Lest he should make of good a hell,

And bring new evils on mankind
Like atom bombs and genocide,
Or fill with fear the human mind
With horrors yet more multiplied.

But yet there's good as well as ill:
Love, beauty, and forgiveness too;
And that's a problem still
Than all the evils that men do.

If man is fallen, why then good?
If hatred reigns why do we love?
If all is hopeless why the road?
And why still lift our eyes above?

Deep in the human heart there lies
A dream that cannot be denied,
Of love so great it never dies
Though darkness doth all light deride

When all the world is held in thrall
Of evil deeds that blast the soul
There cries a voice, “This is not all
For there is love that makes life whole."

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