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[326] “See this strange plant its steady purpose hold,
     And, year by year, its patient leaves unfold,
Till the young eyes that watched it first are old.

“But some time, thou hast told me, there shall come
     A sudden beauty, brightness, and perfume,
The century-moulded bud shall burst in bloom.

“So may the seed which hath been sown to-day
     Grow with the years, and, after long delay,
Break into bloom, and God's eternal Yea

“Answer at last the patient prayers of them
     Who now, by faith alone, behold its stem
Crowned with the flowers of Freedom's diadem.

“Meanwhile, to feel and suffer, work and wait,
     Remains for us. The wrong indeed is great,
But love and patience conquer soon or late.”

‘Well hast thou said, my Anna!’ Tenderer
     Than youth's caress upon the head of her
Pastorius laid his hand. “Shall we demur

“Because the vision tarrieth? In an hour
     We dream not of, the slow-grown bud may flower,
And what was sown in weakness rise in power!”

Then through the vine-draped door whose legend read,
     ‘Procul este profani!’ Anna led
To where their child upon his little bed

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