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Poems of Passion/I Will be Worthy of It

I may not reach the heights I seek,
         My untried strength may fail me,
Or, half-way up the mountain peak,
         Fierce tempests may assail me.
But though that place I never gain,
Herein lies comfort for my pain—
                  I will be worthy of it.

I may not triumph in success,
         Despite my earnest labor;
I may not grasp results that bless
         The efforts of my neighbor;
But though my goal I never see,
This thought shall always dwell with me—
                  I will be worthy of it.

The golden glory of Love's light
         May never fall on my way;
My path may always lead through night,
         Like some deserted by-way;
But though life's dearest joy I miss
There lies a nameless strength in this—
                  I will be worthy of it.


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