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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Martha
By Julia C. R. Dorr (1825–1913)
 
[Born in Charleston, S. C., 1825. Died in Rutland, Vt., 1913. From Friar Anselmo, and other Poems. 1879.—Afternoon Songs. 1885.]

YEA, Lord!—Yet some must serve.
  Not all with tranquil heart,
Even at thy dear feet,
Wrapped in devotion sweet,
  May sit apart.        5
 
Yea, Lord!—Yet some must bear
  The burden of the day,
Its labor and its heat,
While others at thy feet
  May muse and pray.        10
 
Yea, Lord!—Yet some must do
  Life’s daily task-work; some,
Who fain would sing, must toil
Amid earth’s dust and moil,
  While lips are dumb.        15
 
Yea, Lord!—Yet man must earn,
  And woman bake the bread;
And some must watch and wake
Early, for others’ sake,
  Who pray instead.        20
 
Yea, Lord!—Yet even thou
  Hast need of earthly care.
I bring the bread and wine
To thee, O Guest Divine!
  Be this my prayer!        25
 
 
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