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Not Always (2)
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Not Always

I.

In surety and obscurity twice mailed,
And first achieving with initial rout
A riddance of weak fear and weaker doubt,
He strove alone. But when too long assailed

By nothing, even a stronger might have quailed
As he did, and so might have gazed about
Where he could see the last light going out,
Almost as if the fire of God had failed.

And so it was till out of silence crept
Invisible avengers of a name
Unknown, like jungle-hidden jaguars.

But there were others coming who had kept
There watch and word; and out of silence came
A song somewhat as of the morning stars.


II.

There were long days when there was nothing said,
And there were longer nights where there was nought
But silence and recriminating thought
Between them like a field unharvested.

Antipathy was now there daily bread,
And pride the bitter drink they daily fought
To throw away. Release was all they sought
Of hope, colder than moonlight on the dead.

Wishing the other might at once be sure
And strong enough to shake the prison down,
Neighter believed, although they strove together,

How long the stolid fabric would endure
That was a wall for them, and was to frown
And shine for them through many sorts of weather.
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