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English Poetry. Richard Watson Gilder. The New Day. Part 4. 17. “He Knows Not the Path of Duty”. Ричард Уотсон Гилдер.






Richard Watson Gilder (Ричард Уотсон Гилдер)

The New Day. Part 4. 17. “He Knows Not the Path of Duty”

He knows not the path of duty
⁠     Who says that the way is sweet;
But he who is blind to the beauty,
     ⁠And finds but thorns for his feet.

He alone is the perfect giver
     ⁠Who swears that his gift is naught;
And he is the sure receiver
     ⁠Who gains what he never sought.

Heaven from the hopeless doubter
⁠     The true believer makes;
Against the darkness outer
     ⁠The light God's likeness takes.

Like the pale, cold moon above her
⁠     With its heart of the heart of fire,
My Love is the one true lover,
⁠     And hers is the soul of desire.

Richard Watson Gilder’s other poems:

  1. The New Day. Part 3. 30. The Sower
  2. The New Day. Part 3. 4. “What Would I Win Thee To?”
  3. The New Day. Part 3. 15. Listening to Music
  4. The New Day. Part 3. 22. The Lover’s Lord and Master
  5. The New Day. Part 3. 23. Song (My love grew with the growing night)




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