Hymns on the Noble Qur'an by Thomas McElwain
27 If Humankind Lives on the Earth
If humankind lives on the earth,
All share in both the rain and dearth,
And all are of one body made,
One blood and flesh here on parade.
Sectarian views of the real
Are an illusion that some feel,
Behind the differences slight
All humankind is of one right.
God sent His Book of guidance in
The heart of each to know no sin,
In glory of the stars above,
In earth beneath in divine love.
God sent His Book of truth to hear
On Sinai rumbling where appear
The lightning flash of light and word,
And every listening heart was stirred.
By grace divine God leads each one
Into the truth of having won
Beyond the veils a vision caught
Of beauty in the worlds He wrought.
But from the start of humankind,
None has been ever left behind
To enter in gardens of bliss
Without the pain that none can miss.
For every soul that enters in
And leaves behind her load of sin
Must enter through the gate of pain
To find at last the heavenly gain.
Though song and laughter fill the air
And celebration’s everywhere,
There is no heart but knows the care
And sword of Mary for its share.
One’s lot on earth’s adversity,
To view and touch calamity,
But after that the river sent
From tree of life in praises lent.
Some ask what they should give in alms,
As though good’s measured out with qualms,
The answer is to give the good
Till pocket hurts and heart is wood.
The struggle of life in each heart
And in each hand is human part,
And though none find a pleasure there,
It is divinely given share.
It’s possible to love the wrong
And hate the beauty of a song
For a time while the point is sharp
Until the gun’s exchanged for harp.