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     And fresher life the world shall draw
From their decay.

Oh, backward-looking son of time!
     The new is old, the old is new,
The cycle of a change sublime
     Still sweeping through.

So wisely taught the Indian seer;
     Destroying Seva, forming Brahm,
Who wake by turns Earth's love and fear,
     Are one, the same.

Idly as thou, in that old day
     Thou mournest, did thy sire repine;
So, in his time, thy child grown gray
     Shall sigh for thine.

But life shall on and upward go;
     Tha eternal step of Progress beats
To that great anthem, calm and slow,
     Which God repeats.

Take heart! the Waster builds again,—
     A charmed life old Goodness hath;
The tares may perish, but the grain
     Is not for death.

God works in all things; all obey
     His first propulsion from the night:
Wake thou and watch! the world is gray
     With morning light!


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