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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
The Right Must Win
Frederick William Faber (1814–63)
OH, it is hard to work for God,
  To rise and take his part
Upon this battle-field of earth,
  And not sometimes lose heart!
He hides himself so wondrously,        5
  As though there were no God;
He is least seen when all the powers
  Of ill are most abroad.
Or he deserts us at the hour
  The fight is all but lost;        10
And seems to leave us to ourselves
  Just when we need him most.
Ill masters good; good seems to change
  To ill with greatest ease;
And, worst of all, the good with good        15
  Is at cross-purposes.
Ah! God is other than we think;
  His ways are far above,
Far beyond reason’s height, and reach’d
  Only by childlike love.        20
Workman of God! Oh, lose not heart,
  But learn what God is like;
And in the darkest battle-field
  Thou shalt know where to strike.
Thrice bless’d is he to whom is given        25
  The instinct that can tell
That God is on the field when he
  Is most invisible.
Bless’d, too, is he who can divine
  Where real right doth lie,        30
And dares to take the side that seems
  Wrong to man’s blindfold eye.
For right is right, since God is God;
  And right the day must win;
To doubt would be disloyalty,        35
  To falter would be sin.


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