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[221] What, my soul, was thy errand here?
     Was it mirth or ease,
Or heaping up dust from year to year?
     ‘Nay, none of these!’

Speak, soul, aright in His holy sight
     Whose eye looks still
And steadily on thee through the night:
     ‘To do His will!’

What hast thou done, O soul of mine,
     That thou tremblest so?
Hast thou wrought His task, and kept the line
     He bade thee go?

What, silent all! art sad of cheer?
     Art fearful now?
When God seemed far and men were near,
     How brave wert thou!

Aha! thou tremblest!—well I see
     Thou'rt craven grown.
Is it so hard with God and me
     To stand alone?

Summon thy sunshine bravery back,
     O wretched sprite!
Let me hear thy voice through this deep and black
     Abysmal night.

What hast thou wrought for Right and Truth,
     For God and Man,
From the golden hours of bright-eyed youth
     To life's mid span?

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