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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
By Augusta Cooper Bristol (1835–1910)
SOMEWHERE await the treasures we have strewn,
  Which idle hands and feet have rudely shattered;
And tenderest love shall gather as its own
    The pearls thus scattered.
Somewhere the tears of broken-hearted trust,        5
  Of patient sacrifice and self-submission,
Shall form the rainbow promise of a just
    And full fruition.
Somewhere the narrow stepping-stones we tread—
  The steep and terrible ascent of Duty—        10
Shall change to velvet terraces, o’erspread
    With emerald beauty.
Somewhere the doubtful seed that we have sown
  Shall well disprove a cold, uncertain rootage,
And vindicate the hope we now disown        15
    By fairest fruitage.
Somewhere our human effort of to-day,
  The faltering outcome of a pure intention,
Eternity shall hold as brave assay
    And true ascension.        20
O Universal Soul! The finite range
  Of earth and time may dwarf our high endeavor,
Yet Life is victory, through the evolving change
    Of thy Forever.

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