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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1605. Joy Enough
 
By Barrett Eastman
 
 
INTO the caverns of the sea
  Shall all at last descend,
Who now press forward gallantly
  Unrecking of the end.
 
And no man knoweth what is there,        5
  Nor when his time shall come
To yield his soul and take his share
  With all those gone and dumb.
 
It may be we shall find our kin
  Waiting to grasp our hands,        10
And lead us glorified within,
  Over the shining sands;
 
It may be we with them shall lie,
  While heaven and earth sun,
Swaying silent with sightless eye        15
  There in the sluggish tide.
 
It matters nothing if to-day,
  Beneath the splendid sun,
We hold to the appointed way,
  Doing what must be done.        20
 
Reward? What would you? Have not we
  The waves beneath us bent?
The winds about us blowing free?
  Above—the firmament?
 

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