To My Sisters
By Mercy Kirkwood
Dear Sisters, give attention while I show
The line of conduct that we should pursue,
The high position that we must sustain,
If we celestial glory would obtain.
Humility should first our actions grace;
Our God the proud in spirit will abase;
But to the humble and the contrite heart,
Each good and perfect gift He will impart.
Obedience next, the law of God demands,
Unto His servants, and to His commands,
This is far better pleasing to our King,
Than all the sacrifices we may bring.
From pride, from strife, and vain contention turn,
Nor suffer envy in our breasts to burn;
Rather improve the talents to us given,
And thereby magnify the God of heaven.
Know, in connexion with our brethren too,
The arduous duties we are call’d to do,
Behold! the rising generations are
Entrusted to our teaching and our care;
To form their character, and train their mind,
That they to righteousness may be inclined;
For Israel’s mothers some have yet to be,
With Kings and Priests their hopeful progeny.
Seeing we teach for such a glorious end,
Let us with practice moral precepts blend.
Thus preach the gospel truths by act and word,
And gain the approbation of our Lord;
Be prayerful, faithful, ever watchful too,
Keeping the righteous crown without our view;
And the vast riches of Eternity,
Will the Reward of all our labours be.