Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, DUTY, by ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING



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First Line: The sweetest lives are those to duty wed
Last Line: Of service which thou renderest.
Variant Title(s): Reward Of Service
Subject(s): Duty; Religion; Theology


The sweetest lives are those to duty wed,
Whose deeds both great and small
Are close-knit strands of an unbroken thread,
Where love ennobles all.
The world may sound no trumpets, ring no bells,
The Book of Life the slurring record tells.
Thy love shall chant its own beatitudes,
After its own like working. A child's kiss
Set on thy singing lips shall make thee glad;
A poor man served by thee shall make thee rich;
A sick man helped by thee shall make thee strong;
Thou shalt be served thyself by every sense
Of service which thou renderest.









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