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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
John James Ingalls. 1833–1900
186. Opportunity
"MASTER of human destinies am I! 
Fame, love, and fortune on my footsteps wait. 
Cities and fields I walk; I penetrate 
Deserts and seas remote, and passing by 
Hovel and mart and palace—soon or late         5
I knock unbidden once at every gate! 
"If sleeping, wake—if feasting, rise before 
I turn away. It is the hour of fate, 
And they who follow me reach every state 
Mortals desire, and conquer every foe  10
Save death; but those who doubt or hesitate, 
Condemned to failure, penury, and woe, 
Seek me in vain and uselessly implore. 
I answer not, and I return no more!" 

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