What a huge stage of timber
James 3. Practical Religion (conté crayon, b.l.); Colin McCahon sept. 5 '69 (conté crayon, b.r.)
What a huge stack of / timber can be set ablaze / by the tiniest spark!
Beasts and birds of every / kind, creatures that crawl / on the ground or swim in the / sea, can be subdued and / have been subdued by / mankind; but no man can / subdue the tongue. It is an / intractable evil, charged with / deadly venom. We use it to / sing the praises of our / Lord and Father / and we use it to make curses / upon our fellow men who are / made in God's likeness. / Out of the same mouth come / praises and curses
My brothers, this should not / be so. / Does a fountain gush with / both fresh and brackish water / from the same opening?
Can a fig-tree / my brothers, yield / olives - or a / vine figs
The text, slightly abridged, is from James 3:5-12 in the New English Bible.