Gary Jacobson

CROSSED SWORDS

Bless me never to cross swords with my conscience
That I, in haste to duty, sacrifice virtued patience.
Never tolerate intolerance to noble difference.
Be lionhearted in every word and deed started.
Never brook those that oppose the stouthearted.
In might of right, stand to the final hour dauntless;
Wield the sword that, to every foe, appears fearless.
Be ever gallant to duty
Boyhood innocence quickened by enforced maturity.
With intrepid bravery, contend always heroic.
Be not, to good passions, stoic