When You Read the Bible Through

By Amos R. Wells

Yes, I thought I knew my Bible,

Reading piecemeal, hit or miss,

Now a bit of John of Matthew,

Now a snatch of Genesis,

Certain chapters of Isaiah,

Certain Psalms (the twenty-third)

Twelfth of Romans, first of proverbs—

Yes, I thought I knew the Word!

But I found that thorough reading

Was a different thing to do,

And the way was unfamiliar

When I read my Bible through.

 

You who like to play at Bible,

Dip and dabble, here and there,

Just before you kneel aweary,

And yawn on through a hurried prayer;

You who treat the Crown of Writings

As you treat no other book—

Just a paragraph disjointed,

Just a crude, impatient look—

Try a worthier procedure

Try a broad and steady view;

You will kneel in very rapture

When you read the Bible through!

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