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   English Poetry III: From Tennyson to Whitman.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
744. The Celestial Surgeon
 
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894)
 
 
IF I have faltered more or less
In my great task of happiness;
If I have moved among my race
And shown no glorious morning face;
If beams from happy human eyes        5
Have moved me not; if morning skies,
Books, and my food, and summer rain
Knocked on my sullen heart in vain:—
Lord, thy most pointed pleasure take
And stab my spirit broad awake;        10
Or, Lord, if too obdurate I,
Choose thou, before that spirit die,
A piercing pain, a killing sin,
And to my dead heart run them in.
 

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