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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
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 ’tis 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.
 
’Tis the brook’s motion,
  Clear without strife,
Fleeing to ocean
  After its life.        20
 
Deeper devotion
  Nowhere hath knelt;
Fuller emotion
  Heart never felt.
 
’Tis loving and serving        25
  The highest and best;
’Tis onwards! unswerving—
  And that is true rest.
 
 
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