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the tree of Faith its bare, dry boughs must shed
     That nearer heaven the living ones may climb;
The false must fail, though from our shores of time
     The old lament be heard, ‘Great Pan is dead!’
That wail is Error's, from his high place hurled;
     This sharp recoil is Evil undertrod;
Our time's unrest, an angel sent of God
     Troubling with life the waters of the world.
Even as they list the winds of the Spirit blow
     To turn or break our century-rusted vanes;
Sands shift and waste; the rock alone remains
     Where, led of Heaven, the strong tides come and go,
And storm-clouds, rent by thunderbolt and wind,
     Leave, free of mist, the permanent stars behind.

Therefore I trust, although to outward sense
     Both true and false seem shaken; I will hold
With newer light my reverence for the old,
     And calmly wait the births of Providence.
No gain is lost; the clear-eyed saints look down
     Untroubled on the wreck of schemes and creeds;
Love yet remains, its rosary of good deeds
     Counting in task-field and o'erpeopled town;

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