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Each stroke aright of toil and fight,

That was and that shall be,
And hope too high, wherefore we die,

Has birth and worth in Thee.

Who holds by Thee hath Heaven in fee

To gild his dross thereby,
And knowledge sure that he endure

A child until he die-
For to make plain that man's disdain

Is but new Beauty's birth-
For to possess, in loneliness,

The joy of all the earth.

As Thou didst teach all lovers speech,

And Life all mystery,
So shalt Thou rule by every school

Till love and longing die,
Who wast or yet the lights were set,

A whisper in the Void,
Who shalt be sung through planets young

When this is clean destroyed.

Beyond the bounds our staring rounds,

Across the pressing dark,
The children wise of outer skies

Look hitherward and mark

A light that shifts, a glare that drifts,

Rekindling thus and thus, Not all forlorn, for Thou hast borne

Strange tales to them of us.

Time hath no tide but must abide

The servant of Thy will; Tide hath no time, for to Thy rhyme

The ranging stars stand stillRegent of spheres that lock our fears

Our hopes invisible,
Oh 'twas certes at Thy decrees

We fashioned Heaven and Hell!

Pure Wisdom hath no certain path

That lacks thy morning-eyne,
And captains bold by Thee controlled

Most like to Gods design;
Thou art the Voice to kingly boys

To lift them through the fight,
And Comfortress of Unsuccess,

To give the dead good-night

A veil to draw 'twixt God His Law

And Man's infirmity,
A shadow kind to dumb and blind

The shambles where we die;

A sum to trick th' arithmetic

Too base of leaguing odds,
The spur of trust, the curb of lust,

Thou handmaid of the Gods!

Oh Charity, all patiently

Abiding wrack and scaith!
Oh Faith, that meets ten thousand cheats

Yet drops no jot of faith!
Devil and brute Thou dost transmute

To higher, lordlier show,
Who art in sooth that lovely Truth

The careless angels know!

Thy face is far from this our war,

Our call and counter-cry,
I may not find Thee quick and kind,

Nor meet Thee till I die.

Yet may I look with heart unshook

On blow brought home or missed-
Yet may I hear with equal ear

The clarions down the list;
Yet set my lance above mischance

And ride the barriere-
Oh, hit or miss, how little 'tis,

My Lady is not there!


"To our private taste, there is always something a little exotic, almost artificial, in songs which, under an English aspect and dress, are yet so manifestly the product of other skies. They affect us like translations; the very fauna and flora are alien, remote ; the dog's-tooth violet is but an ill substitute for the rathe primrose, nor can we ever believe that the wood-robin sings as sweetly in April as the English thrush.”—The Athenæum.

Buy my English posies

Kent and Surrey may,
Violets of the Undercliff

Wet with Channel spray;
Cowslips from a Devon combe

Midland furze afire-
Buy my English posies,

And I'll sell your hearts' desire !

Buy my English posies !

You that scorn the may
Won't you greet a friend from home
Half the world away?

Green against the draggled drift,

Faint and frail and first-
Buy my Northern blood-root

And I'll know where you were nursed! Robin down the logging-road whistles, “Come

to me,” Spring has found the maple-grove, the sap is run

ning free; All the winds o' Canada call the ploughing

rain. Take the flower and turn the hour, and kiss your

love again!

Buy my English posies !

Here's to match your need.
Buy a tuft of royal heath,

Buy a bunch of weed
White as sand of Muysenberg

Spun before the gale-
Buy my heath and lilies

And I'll tell you whence you hail!
Under hot Constantia broad the vineyards


Throned and thorned the aching berg props the

speckless sky

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