Mine and Thine (1904)/Edmund Clarence Stedman

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Mine and Thine (1904) by Florence Earle Coates
Edmund Clarence Stedman

EDMUND CLARENCE STEDMAN

Life laid upon his forehead a caress, 
 And, smiling, gave him for his birthright dower,
 Humor and judgment, passion, purpose, power,
 And gifts of vision, pure and limitless:
Then—for she ever tempers man's success,
 Nursing the canker in Earth's fairest flower—
 She added pain; and taught him, hour by hour,
 To know that only blessed which doth bless!


So, following the Gleam from early youth,
 He lent a strengthening hand, and gave his heart,
 And aided feet, less sure than his, to climb:
He sacrificed not others to his art,
 But worshiped beauty with unselfish truth,
 And lives, the well-beloved of his time!