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First Line: I serve
Last Line: If in mine own allotted sphere, I serve.
Subject(s): Worship

I serve.
With unaggressive mien I fit into
The niche designed for me, nor murmuring raise
That in the dull, eventless hours of praise
No fair emoluments to me accrue.

I serve.
I serve the will of God. In my estate
I train my soul contented to abide;
Meseems 'tis nobler thus, than if I tried
With futile efforts to o'erride my fate.

I serve.
Perchance the greater heroes scorn my part;
Seen from their loftier altitude it may
Appear ignoble. Be it so, I say,
Their smiles derisive shall not vex my heart.

I serve;
From my appointed path nor sway nor swerve.
What tho' the Eternal Wisdom did accord
Mean use for me? His love is my reward
If in mine own allotted sphere, I serve.

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