Reason Gives to Faith an Obligation

Music: Fugue in E minor.
By Dimitri Shostakovich. Sequenced by J. Marques

Reason gives to faith an obligation,
As faith must give to reason its reward.
Mere words, though holy, cannot guide the mind
Absent a wisdom with deep faith combined,
Defining when one's soul might be a sword.
Anger, vengeance, courage, love of nation --
None should shed one drop of blood if blind.