Stops of Various Quills/What Shall It Profit?

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What Shall It Profit? by William Dean Howells
illustrations by Howard Pyle

Howells, Stops of Various Quills, 1895 107 large a.jpg



WHAT SHALL IT PROFIT?


IF I lay waste and wither up with doubt 
The blessed fields of heaven where once my faith
Possessed itself serenely safe from death;
If I deny the things past finding out;
Or if I orphan my own soul of One
That seemed a Father, and make void the place
Within me where He dwelt in power and grace,
What do I gain by that I have undone?



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