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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
A Song of Growth
By Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860–1943)
IN the heart of a man
  Is a thought upfurled:
Reached its full span
  It will shake the world,—
And to one high thought        5
Is a whole race wrought.
Not with vain noise
  The great work grows,
Nor with foolish voice,—
  But in repose;        10
Not in the rush,
But in the hush!
From the cogent lash
  Of the cloud-herd wind
The low clouds dash,        15
  Blown headlong, blind;
But beyond, the great blue
Looks moveless through.
O’er the loud world sweep
  The scourge and the rod:        20
But in deep beyond deep
  Is the stillness of God,—
At the fountains of Life
No cry, no strife!

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