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First Line: If I lay waste, and wither up with doubt
Last Line: What do I gain by that I have undone?
Alternate Author Name(s): Howells, W. D.
Variant Title(s): Faith;doubt
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


IF I lay waste and wither up with doubt
The blessed fields of heaven where once my faith
Possessed itself serenely safe from death;
If I deny the things past finding out;
Or if I orphan my own soul of One
That seemed a Father, and make void the place
Within me where He dwelt in power and grace,
What do I gain by that I have undone?





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