Hail, Craftsman, hail! Canst thou in honor say
Thou hast fulfilled the glory of this day,
Ere thou hast heard the plea of those who miss
A mother’s holy love, a father’s kiss?
Tho’ from thy lavish hand such riches pour
As even princes had not known before,
Hast though much given while a Brother’s child
Wakes to a dawn on which Christ has not smiled?
If Thou hast children, or the memories
Of dear soft lips that once thy cheek didst know,
Give to the orphaned waifs and thou wilt please
The Master who hath said long, long ago:
“As ye have done it to the least of these,
Thus ye have done it unto Me also.”
— George Sanford Holmes, from The Square & Compass, December 1921