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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1595. The Judgement
 
By Dora Read Goodale
 
 
THOU hast evil
And given place to the devil;
Yet so cunningly thou concealest
The thing which thou feelest,
That no eye espieth it,        5
Satan himself denieth it.
Go where it chooseth thee,
There is none that accuseth thee;
Neither foe nor lover
Will the wrong uncover;        10
The world’s breath raiseth thee,
And thy own past praiseth thee,
 
Yet know thou this:
At quick of thy being
Is an eye all-seeing,        15
The snake’s wit evadeth not,
The charmed lip persuadeth not;
So thoroughly it despiseth
The thing thy hand prizeth,
Though the sun were thy clothing,        20
It should count thee for nothing.
Thing own eye divineth thee,
Thine own soul arraigneth thee;
God himself cannot shrive thee
Till that judge forgive thee.        25
 

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