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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
If This Be All
By Anne Brontë (1820–1849)
O GOD! if this indeed be all
  That Life can show to me;
If on my aching brow may fall
  No freshening dew from Thee;
If with no brighter light than this        5
  The lamp of hope may glow,
And I may only dream of bliss,
  And wake to weary woe;
If friendship’s solace must decay,
  When other joys are gone,        10
And love must keep so far away,
  While I go wandering on,—
Wandering and toiling without gain,
  The slave of others’ will,
With constant care and frequent pain,        15
  Despised, forgotten still;
Grieving to look on vice and sin,
  Yet powerless to quell
The silent current from within,
  The outward torrent’s swell;        20
While all the good I would impart,
  The feelings I would share,
Are driven backward to my heart,
  And turned to wormwood there;
If clouds must ever keep from sight        25
  The glories of the Sun,
And I must suffer Winter’s blight,
  Ere Summer is begun:
If Life must be so full of care—
  Then call me soon to Thee;        30
Or give me strength enough to bear
  My load of misery!

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