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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
June 12
Rugby Chapel
By Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)
          Thomas Arnold, the father of Matthew Arnold, was a noted English educator and historian, famous as headmaster of Rugby. He died June 12, 1842. See full text.

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O strong soul, by what shore
Tarriest thou now? For that force,
Surely, has not been left vain.
Somewhere, surely, afar,
In the sounding labor-house vast        5
Of being, is practised that strength,
Zealous, beneficent, firm!
Yes, in some far-shining sphere,
Conscious or not of the past,
Still thou performest the word        10
Of the Spirit in whom thou dost live,
Prompt, unwearied, as here!
Still thou upraisest with zeal
The humble good from the ground,
Sternly represseth the bad.        15
Still, like a trumpet, dost rouse
Those who with half-open eyes
Tread the border-land dim
’Twixt vice and virtue; reviv’st,
Succorest;—this was thy work,        20
This was thy life upon earth.
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