A book for the King

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A book has been made for the King,
A book of beauty and art;
To the good king’s eyes
A smile shall rise
Hiding the ache in his heart -
Hiding the hurt and the grief
As he turns it, leaf by leaf.

A book has been made for the King,
A book of blood and of blight;
To the Great King’s eyes
A look shall rise
That will blast and wither and smite -
Yes, smite with a just God’s rage,
As He turns it, page by page.

 
from Poems of Optimism by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1919)

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