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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Richard Watson Gilder. 1844–1909
 
217. Reform
 
I

OH, how shall I help to right the world that is going wrong!
 
And what can I do to hurry the promised time of peace! 
The day of work is short and the night of sleep is long; 
And whether to pray or preach, or whether to sing a song, 
To plow in my neighbor's field, or to seek the golden fleece,         5
Or to sit with my hands in my lap, and wish that ill would cease! 
  
II

I think, sometimes, it were best just to let the Lord alone;
 
I am sure some people forget He was here before they came; 
Tho' they say it is all for His glory, 't is a good deal more for their own, 
That they peddle their petty schemes, and blate and babble and groan.  10
I sometimes think it were best, and a man were little to blame, 
Should he pass on his silent way nor mix with the noisy shame. 
 
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