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Martha Shepard Lippincott: Nations now for mammon fight

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Martha Shepard Lippincott: Peace on Earth

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Martha Shepard Lippincott
The World’s Crisis

“Peace be on earth,” O Jesus, Lord,
Where is the mercy thou hast taught?
It seems the mission of thy life
The sinful world hath not yet caught.
‘Tis seeking still the calf of gold,
And sacrificing lives to it.
How shall we answer for such waste
When at the judgment seat we sit?

The universal brotherhood
That thou wouldst have mankind to feel
Is turned to jarring enmity,
When we at mammon’s altar kneel.
Then strife and crime and war combine
To send their horrors to the world,
And men forget the flag of peace
That thou dost so desire unfurled.

The mind of mankind seems on fire
And burning to acquire vast wealth,
While love and happiness and peace
Will disappear as if by stealth.
Men kill each other for their wealth,
And nations now for mammon fight,
Forgetting all God’s higher laws,
As they their nation’s honor blight.

Will selfishness destruction cause,
Or will the nations cease to fight
Ere they have lost the power to see,
And follow in the Father’s light?
Let them regain their trust in thee,
Dear Christ, and learn thy loving ways,
Then earth will find its sin removed,
And blessed will be with peaceful days.

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  1. Peter Linton
    September 5, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Martha Shepard Lippincott is my Great-Great-Aunt on my father’s side.

    • richardrozoff
      September 6, 2020 at 9:27 am

      Thank you for writing and telling of your relation to Martha Shepard Lippincott.
      Her words:
      The mind of mankind seems on fire
      And burning to acquire vast wealth,
      While love and happiness and peace
      Will disappear as if by stealth.
      Men kill each other for their wealth,
      And nations now for mammon fight….
      All more relevant than ever, I fear. I plan to read her collection of verses, Visions of Life, and will share any other poems that are pertinent.

      • Peter Linton
        September 6, 2020 at 7:31 pm

        As I type this, I am waiting for a copy of Visions of Life to arrive. I found and ordered it on Bookfinder-dot-com. There are a few original copies still in existence in the family.
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        Correct me if I’m wrong, but the above quoted poem is not from Visions. My guess is that it came from a published poem from the WWI years. But on page 371 (of Visions), she has a poem simply called “Peace on Earth” that is very similar.
        .
        I am just now learning of her art. For the one above, can you reply message with its source?

      • richardrozoff
        September 7, 2020 at 11:36 am

        You’re right, “The World’s Crisis” is a later poem, written during World War I, which was included in an issue of The Advocate of Peace: https://archive.org/details/jstor-25751587
        Visions of Life is also posted online at: https://books.google.com/books/about/Visions_of_Life.html?id=gYAYAAAAYAAJ (Click on downward arrow at upper right-hand side for viewing options.)

      • richardrozoff
        September 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm

        You may also find this of interest. I plan to post it later:

        Click to access 25751535.pdf

      • Peter Linton
        September 7, 2020 at 10:27 pm

        RO ~ Thank you. I have passed along the link to this discussion to some of my family members.

      • richardrozoff
        September 8, 2020 at 11:48 am

        I’ll continue to notify you of anything more of your great-aunt’s I find.
        You may know that a couple of generations earlier another Society of Friends poet, John Greenleaf Whittier, wrote several poems on similar subject matter.

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