Our Character


We are building every day,

In a good or evil way

And the structure as it grows,

Will our inmost self disclose.


Till in every arch and line

All our faults and failings shine;

It may grow a castle grand,

Or a wreck upon the sand.


Do you ask what building this,

That can show both pain and bliss,

That can be both dark and fair?

Lo! Its name is character.


Build it well, what’er you do;

Built it straight and strong and true;

Build it clean and high and broad;

Build it for the eye of God.


Anna M. Byrnes

Christadelphian Advocate

April 1898