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  O man of God! thou till’st a stubborn soil
Whereon the dews of grace oft fall in vain;
The useless weeds arise to mock thy toil
And choking tares, where thou didst scatter grain.

This is another undated poem of his. The original is on the previous page (click picture for larger one). The poem has a double meaning. Fenerty was a farmer. He grew up on a farm and then became a lumberman. The earth gave Fenerty more than a means to live; it was a friendship. Adam, the first man, was a farmer too. As the first man, and setting an example (especially with the Fall of Man), Adam's life as a farmer shows the better side of man; one who respects the earth and all living things. The other meaning is more of an analogy. We work hard in life toward our goals, only to face difficult obstacles. But it's these obstacles that are the very thing that gives rise to our goal (to know good we must know evil). This is a short hymn, but it probably appeared in a newspaper after some article regarding religion and piety. Fenerty aimed his poems at issues that few would speak up against.
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