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Padraic Colum (1881–1972).  Anthology of Irish Verse.  1922.
160. Acceptation
By John Eglinton
ESTABLISH in some better way
My life, thou Godhead! that I may
Know it as virtue ranks
To scorn Thy gifts, or give Thee thanks.
For now I feel Thee near, unsought.        5
But why, when I seemed worth Thy thought,
High—souled, impatient for a task—
Why not have called me then, I ask?
No mountings of the spirit please;
Thou dost accept our dregs and lees;        10
The wise are they that feel Thy rod,
And grief alone is near to God.


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