On Admission to the Bar
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“On Admission to the Bar,” Ensign, Apr. 1984, 7

On Admission to the Bar

The field of Justice has become my ground,

and some name me as an adversary.

But I have adversaries of my own,

and I ask to appear, for my own sake,

in Mercy’s court. Yet not for my own sake—

dear Lord, be there for my sake, take my case.

I bluster brave before the earthly bar

but cannot practice in the highest court.

Still I need Thee to be my Advocate.

The Crucifixion by Carl Bloch. Original at the Chapel of Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark. Used by permission of the Frederiksborgmuseum.