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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
By Albert Ernest Stafford Smythe (1861–1947)
WHAT shall it profit a man
To gain the world—if he can—
And lose his soul, as they say
In their uninstructed way?
The whole of the world in gain;        5
The whole of your soul! Too vain
You judge yourself in the cost.
’Tis you—not your soul—is lost.
Your soul! If you only knew—
You would reach to the Heaven’s blue,        10
To the heartmost centre sink,
Ere you severed the silver link,
To be lost in your petty lust
And scattered in cosmic dust.
For your soul is a Shining Star        15
Where the Throne and the Angels are.
And after a thousand years,
With the salve of his bottled tears,
Your soul shall gather again
From the dust of a world of pain        20
The frame of a slave set free—
The man that you ought to be,
The man you may be to-night
If you turn to the Valley of Light.

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