Robert Kirkland Kernighan

(25 April 1854 – 3 November 1926 / Ontario)

Who Will Answer? - Poem by Robert Kirkland Kernighan

Who, when the ages are all complete,
And a voice comes forth from the Judgment Seat
' Ye orphaned their children ye widowed their wives,
Ye emptied their homes and blasted their lives'-
Then who will answer to all of this?
Not men with sinless souls, I wis.

And must it be that the world must wait
'Till the ages are done and it 's all too late ?
'Till the mountains fall and the seas are dry,
And the stars fall thick from the startled sky?
Ah, must we wait till that hour to know
Who wrought the wrong on this earth below?


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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2012



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