Ceylon - Temple of the Tooth

P.R. Dent

In yonder temple, hid in costly shrine,
Rests Buddha's tooth whose worshippers sincere,
Prostrate adore, yet see not! The Divine,
All creeds admit, and deem He will appear,
Not veiled, but in His awful majesty,
Uplift His own towards His infinity.

Those who in simple faith and hope await
That glorious time, when man, from sin unbound,
And freed from all the cares our fallen state
From purity to sin did then surround,
Those who thus wait, in patience, these shall see
That time when universal love alone shall be
The bond to knit all hearts in blessed unity.


The Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, is believed to hold one of the Buddha's teeth.