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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
 
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DREAM not, O Soul, that easy is the task
  Thus set before thee. If it proves at length,
  As well it may, beyond thy natural strength,
Faint not, despair not. As a child may ask
A father, pray the Everlasting Good        5
  For light and guidance midst the subtle snares
  Of sin thick planted in life’s thoroughfares,
For spiritual strength and moral hardihood;
Still listening, through the noise of time and sense,
  To the still whisper of the Inward Word;        10
  Bitter in blame, sweet in approval heard,
Itself its own confirming evidence:
To health of soul a voice to cheer and please,
To guilt the wrath of the Eumenides.

  1881.
 
 
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