WORDS by Charles Harpur

Words are deeds.  The words we hear
May revolutionse or rear
A Mighty state.  the words we read
May ord a spriitual deed
Excelling any fleshly one,
As much as the celestial sun
Transcends a bonfire, made to throw
A light on some mere Raree-show.
A simple proverb tagged with rhyme,
May colour half the course of time;
The pregnant saying of a sage
May influence every coming age;
A song in its effects may be
More glorious than Thermopylae:
While a great Book is in my view
A greater deed than Waterloo;
And many a lay that schoolboys scan,
A nobler feat than Inkerman.

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