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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
By Pamelia Sarah Vining Yule (1825–1897)
I SAW how the patient Sun
  Hasted untiringly
The self-same old race to run;
  Never aspiringly
Seeking some other road        5
  Through the blue heaven
Than the one path which God
  Long since had given;—
  And I said, ‘Patient Sun,
  Teach me my race to run,        10
  Even as thine is done,
    Steadfastly ever;
  Weakly, impatiently
    Wandering never!’
I saw how the patient Earth        15
  Sat uncomplainingly,
While in his boisterous mirth,
  Winter disdainingly
Mocked at her steadfast trust
  That from its icy chain        20
Spring her imprisoned dust
  Soon would release again;—
  And I said, ‘Patient Earth,
  Biding thy hour of dearth,
  Waiting the voice of mirth        25
    Soon to rewaken,
  Teach me like thee to trust,
    Steadfast, unshaken!’

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