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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