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PURPOSE, by            
First Line: Strong in thy steadfast purpose, be
Last Line: His prow is always there!


STRONG in thy steadfast purpose, be
Like some brave master of the sea,
Whose keel, by Titan pulses quickened, knows
His will where'er he goes.

Some isle, palm-roofed, in spiced Pacific air
He seeks -- though solitary zones apart,
Its place long fixed on his deep-studied chart.
Fierce winds, your wild confusion make!
Waves, wroth with tide and tempest, shake
His iron-wrought hull aside!
However driven, to that far island fair
(His compass not more faithful than his heart)
He makes his path the ocean wide --
His prow is always there!





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