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God and Religion


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Tell me not of religion,

O well-meaning friend of mine;

God and religion are as apart

As milkmaid from brine.

 

Failing in truthful, honest ways

To be good-natured men,

They devised a fatal instrument,

And called it religion.

 

Visiting, I once asked god,

“Do you have religion?”

“I kept the gold” he said to me,

“And left the dross to men.

Were they not to quarrel so,

Would I sleep sound in heaven?”

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