A Tale of Two Sisters
The Tragedy of Ecumenical Unfaithfulness
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With heart so kind and gentle,
And sympathetic eye;
With touching deep affection,
And loyal, tender tie—
Was LOVE betrothed to DOCTRINE
To hold him all her days,
And walk the path of gladness
United in His ways.

Her younger sister also
Had qualities so fair,
Of caring, selfless, kindness,
And warmth without compare;
Thus UNITY was drawn to
The husband of her youth;
And pledged herself forever
To be the bride of TRUTH.

But TIME, with bitter envy,
Across the testing years.
Pursued the slow erosion
Of happiness to tears;
Till LOVE begin to weary
Of DOCTRINE’S pleasant voice,
And UNITY grew cold to
The partner of her choice.

Then LOVE begin to notice
The charms of HERESY,
And awed by his opinions,
She wanted to be free;
And UNITY perceived that
Her virtues were desired
By many, many others
Whose ways she so admired.

At length, two precious unions,
So promising, so blest,
Were darkened by delusion,
Disloyalty, unrest;
Till came the day of sorrows,
And rendering vows of youth,
When LOVE divorced her DOCTRINE
And UNITY her TRUTH.

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