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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
 
Rest
By John Sullivan Dwight (1813–1893)
 
SWEET is the pleasure
  Itself cannot spoil!
Is not true leisure
  One with true toil?
 
Thou that wouldst taste it,        5
  Still do thy best;
Use it, not waste it,
  Else ’t is no rest.
 
Wouldst behold beauty
  Near thee? all round?        10
Only hath duty
  Such a sight found.
 
Rest is not quitting
  The busy career;
Rest is the fitting        15
  Of self to its sphere.
 
’T is the brook’s motion,
  Clear without strife,
Fleeing to ocean
  After its life.        20
 
Deeper devotion
  Nowhere hath knelt;
Fuller emotion
  Heart never felt.
 
’T is loving and serving        25
  The Highest and Best!
’T is onwards, unswerving,
  And that is true rest.
 
 
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