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  I Will Arise  

 

Weary and weak,--accept my weariness;
    Weary and weak and downcast in my soul,
With hope growing less and less,
    And with the goal
Distant and dim,--accept my sore distress.
I thought to reach the goal so long ago,
    At outset of the race I dreamed of rest,
Not knowing what now I know
    Of breathless haste,
    Of long-drawn straining effort across the waste.

One only thing I knew, Thy love of me;
    One only thing I know, Thy sacred same
Love of me full and free,
    A craving flame
Of selfless love of me which burns in Thee.
How can I think of thee, and yet grow chill;
    Of Thee, and yet grow cold and nigh to death?
Re-energize my will,
    Rebuild my faith;
    I will arise and run, Thou giving me breath.

I will arise, repenting and in pain;
    I will arise, and smite upon my breast
And turn to Thee again;
    Thou choosest best,
Lead me along the road Thou makest plain.
Lead me a little way, and carry me
    A little way, and listen to my sighs,
And store my tears with Thee,
    And deign replies
    To feeble prayers;--O Lord, I will arise.

       - Christina G. Rossetti


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