We come with peace and reason,

We come with love and light,

To banish black self-treason

And everlasting night.

 

We know no god nor devil,

We neither drive nor lead-

We come to banish evil

In thought as well as deed.

 

And this is our grandest mission,

And this is our purest worth;

To banish superstition,

The blackest curse on earth.

 

We come to pass no sentence,

For ours is not the power-

The coward’s vain repentance

But wastes the waiting hour.

 

‘Tis not for us to lengthen

The years of wasted lives;

We come to help and strengthen

The goodness that survives.

 

We promise nought hereafter,

We cannot conquer pain,

But work, and rest, and laughter,

Will sooth the tortured brain.

 

That which is lost, we cannot

Restore to any one-

But Truth and Right must triumph,

And Justice must be done!

 

We come in many guises;

But every one is plain

To each pure thought that rises

Again and yet again.

 

We are ourselves and human,

And ours our destiny;

The souls of Man and Woman

Divorced by Vanity.

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