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THE QUATRAINS OF

228.

On the dread day of final scrutiny
Thou wilt be rated by thy quality;
    Get wisdom and fair qualities to-day,
For, as thou art, requited wilt thou be.


229.

Many fine heads, like bowls, the Brazier made,
And thus his own similitude portrayed;
    He set one upside down above our heads,
Which keeps us all continually afraid.


230.

My true condition I may thus explain
In two short verses, which the whole contain:
    From love to Thee I now lay down my life,
In hope Thy love will raise me up again."


228.   C. L. A. I.

229.   C. L. A. I.   "One upside down," i.e. the sky.   Kánsa is also spelled kása.