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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
XXI. Interlude
Epochs
ix. Work
By Emma Lazarus (1849–1887)
 
YET life is not a vision nor a prayer,
  But stubborn work; she may not shun her task.
After the first compassion, none will spare
  Her portion and her work achieved, to ask.
She pleads for respite,—she will come ere long        5
When, resting by the roadside, she is strong.
 
 
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