SWEET ARE THE USES ...

If I am glad in spite of many tears,In spite of disappointment, loss, or pain,Then I am glad indeed, because this meansI'm feeling joyful for the deepest reasons,Not ease or human happiness or favor.If not at hand, these cannot turn to propsTo shift me from a higher, safer leaning;Nor could I let them lull me back to sleep.If hope be tardy, if reward delay,I'll need the clearer view that lifts my thoughtAbove illusive traps and easy trustsTo finding my completeness, whole, in God.No mortal scene can give or take awayThe source of good: for this I sing today.

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