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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
Te Deum Laudamus
By Francis Joseph Sherman (1871–1926)
I WILL praise God alway for each new year.
Knowing that it shall be most worthy of
His kindness and His pity and His love
I will wait patient, till, from sphere to sphere,
Across large times and spaces, ringeth clear        5
The voice of Him who sitteth high above,
Saying, ‘Behold! thou hast had pain enough;
Come; for thy Love is waiting for thee here!’
I know that it must happen as God saith.
I know it well. Yet, also, I know well        10
That where birds sing and yellow wild-flowers dwell,
Or where some strange new sunset lingereth,
All Earth shall alway of her presence tell
Who liveth not for me this side of death.

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