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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Twilight Hours.
IX. God’s Way
By Sarah Williams (“Sadie”) (1841–1868)
(From “Responses”)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, saith the Lord.”

I SAID, “The darkness shall content my soul;”
  God said, “Let there be light.”
I said, “The night shall see me reach my goal;”
  Instead came dawning bright.
I bared my head to meet the smiter’s stroke:        5
  There came sweet dropping oil.
I waited, trembling, but the voice that spoke,
  Said gently, “Cease thy toil.”
I looked for evil, stern of face and pale;
  Came good, too fair to tell.        10
I leant on God when other joys did fail;
  He gave me these as well.

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