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Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935).  Collected Poems. 1921.
  
VIII. Avon’s Harvest, Etc.
6. Job the Rejected
  
THEY met, and overwhelming her distrust
With penitence, he praised away her fear;
They married, and Job gave him half a year
To wreck the temple, as we knew he must.
He fumbled hungrily to readjust        5
A fallen altar, but the road was clear
By which it was her will to disappear
That evening when Job found him in the dust.
 
Job would have deprecated such a way
Of heaving fuel on a sacred fire,       10
Yet even the while we saw it going out,
Hardly was Job to find his hour to shout;
And Job was not, so far as we could say,
The confirmation of her soul’s desire.

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