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  Dost Thou Not Care  

 

I love and love not: Lord, it breaks my heart
    To love and not to love.
Thou veiled within Thy glory, gone apart
    Into Thy shrine, which is above,
Dost Thou not love me, Lord, or care
    For this mine ill?--
I love thee here or there,
    I will accept thy broken heart, lie still.

Lord, it was well with me in time gone by
    That cometh not again,
When I was fresh and cheerful, who but I?
    I fresh, I cheerful: worn with pain
Now, out of sight and out of heart;
    O Lord, how long?--
I watch thee as thou art,
    I will accept thy fainting heart, be strong.

"Lie still," "be strong," to-day; but, Lord, to-morrow,
    What of to-morrow, Lord?
Shall there be rest from toil, be truce from sorrow,
    Be living green upon the sward
Now but a barren grave to me,
    Be joy for sorrow?--
Did I not die for thee?
    Do I not live for thee? leave Me to-morrow.

       - Christina G. Rossetti


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