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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
709. What Shall It Profit?
 
By William Dean Howells
 
 
IF I lay waste and wither up with doubt
The blessed fields of heaven where once my faith
Possessed itself serenely safe from death;
If I deny the things past finding out;
Or if I orphan my own soul of One        5
That seemed a Father, and make void the place
Within me where He dwelt in power and grace,
What do I gain by that I have undone?
 

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