All the More

All the more,
When hatred rules the ground;
All the more,
When injuries abound;
All the more,
When ambushed by a friend;
All the more,
When attacks just will not end;
It is time,
To love your enemies,
Do good to those who hate you,
Bless those who curse you,
Pray for those who harm you.

All the more,
When evil seems to win;
All the more,
When good is called a sin;
All the more,
When trust is hard to find;
All the more,
When hatred tries to bind;
It is time,
To love your enemies,
Do good to those who hate you,
Bless those who curse you,
Pray for those who harm you.

All the more,
When peril marks the way;
All the more,
When darkness clouds the day;
All the more,
When fear commands your heart;
All the more,
When the world is torn apart;
It is time,
To love your enemies,
Do good to those who hate you,
Bless those who curse you,
Pray for those who harm you.
Patricia Burlison
©2003

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