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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
 
III. Faith: Hope: Love: Service
Service
Robert Browning (1812–1889)
 
From “Pippa Passes”

ALL service ranks the same with God:
If now, as formerly he trod
Paradise, his presence fills
Our earth, each only as God wills
Can work—God’s puppets, best and worst,        5
Are we; there is no last nor first.
 
Say not “a small event”! Why “small”?
Costs it more pain than this, ye call
A “great event,” should come to pass,
Than that? Untwine me from the mass        10
Of deeds which make up life, one deed
Power shall fall short in or exceed!
 
 
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