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The Tempter

by E. F. Hayward

Be on your guard, for the tempter is near you,
In search of a weak spot where he may attack;
He is a coward, with reason to fear you;
Like a panther, he waits, then jumps on your back.

Afraid to come out and make known his mission,
Afraid to expose his vile face to your view;
He strikes when he finds you in weakened condition,
His arrows are poison, his aim quick and true;

He knows all your thoughts, your moods, and your passions,
He's planning your downfall from morning 'til night;
The snares and pitfalls he cunningly fashions
Are not in Your path, if you keep to the Right.

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