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In Acceptance Lieth Peace

I said, I will forget the dying faces,
The empty places will be filled again;
O, voices mourning deep within me cease!
Vain, vain the word – how vain! –
Not in forgetting lieth peace.

I said, I will crowd action upon action,
The strife of action will stir my spirit;
O tears that drown the fire of manhood, cease!
Vain, vain the word – hopeless –
Not in endeavour lieth peace.

I said, I will withdraw me and be quiet,
Why meddle in life’s riot? Shut be my door to pain;
Desires that deceive me shall cease.
Vain, vain the word, vain, vain –
Not in isolation lieth peace.

I said, I will submit, I am defeated;
God hath defeated my life with rich gain.
O, futile rebellion will you not cease!
Vain, vain the word, vain, vain –
Not in submission lieth peace.

I said, I will accept the breaking sorrow,
Which God to-morrow will to His own explain;
Then did the turmoil deep within me cease!
Not vain that word, not vain –
For in acceptance lieth peace.