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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Recompense
By William Sinclair Lord (1863–1925)
 
AS some great tree that deeper, day by day,
  Takes root into the earth—some hardy oak
  That firmer stands for every tempest stroke,
And grapples with huge rocks which bar its way—
Doth push abroad, into the winds that sway,        5
  New branches and new buds, which suns provoke
  To leaves of living green, until they cloak
Its trunk in beauty, and new strength display,
So does the human soul, when torn with grief,
  Grow stronger for the trial and the pain,        10
  Reach out for truths that know not time nor change,
And hold them fast until they bring relief,
  While hope and gladness blossom out again
  In beauty new and wonderful and strange.
 
 
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