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A Sonnet on Purity

Would you be pure without, be pure within;
Shun evil thoughts and entertain the good;
Be in your heart as in your life you would;
Thus only may you be secure from sin.
If of our Island Home we guard the shores,
And thus prevent our foes from landing here,
Then of their getting inland is no fear;
So guarding well our thoughts from sin insures;
Ere evil can come in, good must depart;
So only let a man in heart be pure,
While he is thus he is from sin secure.—
Ne'er pure in life is he not pure in heart.
This is a truth men, God-inspired have taught—
The landing-place of sin 's an evil thought.

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