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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
 
The Little Church Around the Corner
By John Myers O’Hara
 
IN meek seclusion where cathedrals vie,
  It shuns the shining dome and spires of pride;
  Content to nestle undiscerned beside
The street where wealth and fashion pass it by;
A refuge for the spirit’s inmost sigh,        5
  With prayer’s consoling hush to none denied;
  It keeps the faith for hearts that still confide,
Renunciation that no pomps belie.
And many pass its portal shrine nor stay
  The hurried step, impatient of its peace;        10
But when the pageant vanishes with day
  And all the lures of gain and glory cease,
One enters, sad as Dante, long ago,
The convent gate of Fra Hilario.
 
 
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