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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
611. Purpose
 
By John James Piatt
 
 
  STRONG in thy steadfast purpose, be
    Like some brave master of the sea,
Whose keel, by Titan pulses quickened, knows
    His will where’er he goes.
Some isle, palm-roofed, in spiced Pacific air        5
He seeks—though solitary zones apart,
Its place long fixed on his deep-studied chart.
  Fierce winds, your wild confusion make!
  Waves, wroth with tide and tempest, shake
    His iron-wrought hull aside!        10
However driven, to that far island fair
(His compass not more faithful than his heart)
  He makes his path the ocean wide—
    His prow is always there!
 

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