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     Thou, who hast been touched by these
Our most sad infirmities,
     Thou alone the gulf canst span
In the dual heart of man,
     And between the soul amid sense
Reconcile all difference,
     Change the dream of me and mine
For the truth of Thee and Thine,
     And, through chaos, doubt, and strife,
Interfuse Thy calm of life.
     Haply, thus by Thee renewed,
In Thy borrowed goodness good,
     Some sweet morning yet in God's
Dim, aeonian periods,
     Joyful I shall wake to see
Those I love who rest in Thee,
     And to them in Thee allied
Shall my soul be satisfied.

Scarcely Hope hath shaped for me
     What the future life may be.
Other lips may well be bold;
     Like the publican of old,
I can only urge the plea,
     ‘Lord, be merciful to me!’
Nothing of desert I claim,
     Unto me belongeth shame.
Not for me the crowns of gold,
     Palms, and harpings manifold;
Not for erring eye and feet
     Jasper wall and golden street.
What thou wilt, O Father, give!
     All is gain that I receive.

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