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     Wherever Duty's pathway lay,
His reverent steps have passed.

The poor to feed, the lost to seek,
     To proffer life to death,
Hope to the erring,—to the weak
     The strength of his own faith.

To plead the captive's right; remove
     The sting of hate from Law;
And soften in the fire of love
     The hardened steel of War.

He walked the dark world, in the mild,
     Still guidance of the Light;
In tearful tenderness a child,
     A strong man in the right.

From what great perils, on his way,
     He found, in prayer, release;
Through what abysmal shadows lay
     His pathway unto peace,

God knoweth: we could only see
     The tranquil strength he gained;
The bondage lost in liberty,
     The fear in love unfeigned.

And I,—my youthful fancies grown
     The habit of the man,
Whose field of life by angels sown
     The wilding vines o'erran,—

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