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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Key Notes (1879)
I. Morning
By Louisa S. Guggenberger (1845–1895)
WHAT’S the text to-day for reading
  Nature and its being by?
There is effort all the morning
  Thro’ the windy sea and sky.
All, intent in earnest grapple        5
  That the All may let it be:
Force, in unity, at variance
  With its own diversity.
Force, prevailing into action,
  Force, persistent to restrain,        10
In a twofold, one-souled wrestle
  Forging Being’s freedom-chain.
Frolic! say you—when the billow
  Tosses back a mane of spray?
No; but haste of earnest effort;        15
  Nature works in guise of play.
Till the balance shall be even
  Swings the to and fro of strife;
Till an awful equilibrium
  Stills it, beats the Heart of Life.        20
What’s the text to-day for reading
  Nature and its being by?
Effort, effort all the morning,
  Thro’ the sea and windy sky.

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