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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXI. Interlude
Epochs
v. Patience
By Emma Lazarus (1849–1887)
 
THE PASSION of despair is quelled at last;
  The cruel sense of undeservèd wrong,
The wild self-pity, these are also past;
  She knows not what may come, but she is strong;
She feels she hath not aught to lose nor gain,        5
Her patience is the essence of all pain….
 
There is a deeper pathos in the mild
  And settled sorrow of the quiet eyes,
Than in the tumults of the anguish wild,
  That made her curse all things beneath the skies;        10
No question, no reproaches, no complaint,
Hers is the holy calm of some meek saint.
 
 
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