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[269] I bow my forehead to the dust,
     I veil mine eyes for shame,
And urge, in trembling self-distrust,
     A prayer without a claim.

I see the wrong that round me lies,
     I feel the guilt within;
I hear, with groan and travail-cries,
     The world confess its sin.

Yet, in the maddening maze of things,
     And tossed by storm and flood,
To one fixed trust my spirit clings;
     I know that God is good!

Not mine to look where cherubim
     And seraphs may not see,
But nothing can be good in Him
     Which evil is in me.

The wrong that pains my soul below
     I dare not throne above,
I know not of His hate,—I know
     His goodness and His love.

I dimly guess from blessings known
     Of greater out of sight,
And, with the chastened Psalmist, own
     His judgments too are right.

I long for household voices gone,
     For vanished smiles I long,
But God hath led my dear ones on,
     And He can do no wrong.

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