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My task, I hear, is done. No call on me
Remains, my mighty labour to conclude.
In sickness, in calamity, in age,

And destitution;-in a foreign clime,

I have gone through my work of sanctity;
Though sometimes by my fear or toil subdued:
And sometimes, dazzled by the heavenly page,
I have sunk lifeless at its rays sublime.
Oft did I pause, and oft despondent turn'd,
Ere yet I entered on the dread career;
But fitfully the flame within me burn'd:

Yet now and then a spirit to mine ear

Came; and thus said, as by a voice from Heaven :-
"Follow thy youthful vow, and thou shalt be forgiven !"

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