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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
XXII. The Celestial Surgeon

IF I have faltered more or less 
In my great task of happiness; 
If I have moved among my race 
And shown no glorious morning face; 
If beams from happy human eyes         5
Have moved me not; if morning skies, 
Books, and my food, and summer rain 
Knocked on my sullen heart in vain: 
Lord, thy most pointed pleasure take 
And stab my spirit broad awake;  10
Or, Lord, if too obdurate I, 
Choose thou, before that spirit die 
A piercing pain, a killing sin, 
And to my dead heart run them in! 



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