Alma; Chapter Four.


Scarcely had the blood and bones of Sidon washed away

When the Nephites left their duties and rose up to play.

The orphans and the widows, the fields of grain laid waste,

Were but a temporary check upon their wicked haste.


For soon their fine twined linens and their showy wealth

Sickened and immobilized their religious health.

Those who bore the brunt of war and did not soon regain

Their lands and gold were treated like an undesirable stain.


Inequality directly caused the Church to lead

Others from one folly to another without heed.

So Alma left the judgment seat to see could he repair

With testimony pure and sweet the cancerous despair.

Alma: Chapter Two. The Amlicites.


The Amlicites did revel in the mark upon their head;

A dot of paste compounded out of clay and blood so red.

It was a sign of kinship with their fellow Lamanites;

Who also claimed revenge for the great theft of all their rights.


They battled with the Nephites on the river Sidon’s shores,

Rejecting peace as folly and embracing death and wars.

Twelve thousand men with dots of paste upon their heads were slain.

Twelve thousand souls were sent to God to plead with Him in vain.


Their refugees fled to the hills of Hermounts, where wild beasts

Chewed their wounds and bit their flesh in predatory feasts.

No sign is ever left upon the whitened bones of sin

That is the heritage of those who let the devil in.