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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1653. Judgment
By Grace Ellery Channing-Stetson
A DEAD soul lay in the light of day,
  Desperate, wan, it had passed;
Oft foiled, it had toiled on its upward way,
  Till it perished, spent, aghast,
After a thousand defeats the prey        5
  Of its conquering sin at last.
Said a stranger:—“Lo, how in shame and woe
  Is Satan’s seal ever set!”
Laughed a foe:—“Doth the carrion lie so low?
  Death and a coward well met.”        10
Said a friend:—“His strength was great, I know,
  But his weakness was stronger yet.”
Moaned his love unwed:—“Peace to the dead;
  And as God shall forgive—let be!”
But an angel spread o’er the prostrate head        15
  His wings in humility;
As he gazed:—“Be praised, great God,” he said,
  “For a glorious victory!”


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