The Two Seas: A Parable of Giving and Hoarding.
"It is more blessed to give than to receive."
1. There is a sea which, day by day,
Receives the rippling rills
And streams that spring from wells of God,
Or fall from cedared hills;
But what it thus receives it gives
With glad, unsparing hand.
A stream more wide with deeper tide
Flows to a lower land.
But doth it lose by giving? Nay!
Its shores of beauty see--
The life and health and fruitful wealth
2. There is a sea which, day by day,
Receives a fuller tide,
But all its store it keeps, nor gives
To shore nor sea beside;
What gains its grasping greed? Behold!
Barrenness round its shore.
Its fruit of lust, but fruit of dust
Rotten from rind to core:
Its Jordan water turned to brine
Lies heavy as molten lead;
Its dreadful name doth e'er proclaim
That sea is---Dead!
-- written by Richard Glover, from The Church Missionary Gleaner, Volume XVI, No. 182, Feb. 1889, p. 22