If I could be a martyr, I’d sooner die indeed
I can as willingly be a martyr for love as for any article of the creed. ~Richard Baxter
If I could be a martyr, I’d sooner die indeed For love shown to my brothers, Then sticking by my creed.
The truth is all important, And doctrine comes from God, And I would never slight it To thus escape the rod.
Yet there is something greater Than fine theology; These three are yet abiding: Faith, hope, and charity.
The tenor of the Scriptures Speaks mainly to the heart; To love and to live godly Do form the greater part.
So be it in my conduct— And not in word alone— While holding firm my doctrine, For love let me be known.
~ Nita Brainard
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