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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919).  Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse.  1903.
 
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By Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1809–1861)
 
WHAT are we set on earth for? Say, to toil;
Nor seek to leave thy tending of the vines,
For all the heat o’ the day, till it declines,
And Death’s wild curfew shall from work assoil.
God did anoint thee with His odorous oil        5
To wrestle, not to reign; and He assigns
All thy tears over, like pure crystallines,
For younger fellow-workers of the soil
To wear for amulets. So others shall
Take patience, labour, to their heart and hand,        10
From thy hand and thy heart and thy brave cheer;
And God’s grace fructify through thee to all.
The least flower with a brimming cup may stand
And share its dewdrop with another near.
 
 
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