Though all of earth will some day pass,
the mountains melt with fervent heat
and even stones be consumed with fire:
yet until that day children must eat,
the sick shall need their care
and the whole be better off clothed.
Until the lion lie down with the lamb,
the eagle fly with the dove
and the bear be gentle as the dew,
until all things be made new
and we receive the kingdom from above,
this earth shall need its stewarding
and all who live on it
will live in need of love.
And even after faith shall turn to sight
and hope receive its desire,
yet shall live love and light,
as one eternal fire.