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Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson


Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 31. To Mother Maryanne


To see the infinite pity of this place,
The mangled limb, the devastated face,
The innocent sufferer smiling at the rod -
A fool were tempted to deny his God.
He sees, he shrinks. But if he gaze again,
Lo, beauty springing from the breast of pain!
He marks the sisters on the mournful shores;
And even a fool is silent and adores.

    Guest House, Kalawao, Molokai.



Robert Louis Stevenson


Robert Louis Stevenson's other poems:
  1. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 13. Mater Triumphans
  2. About the Sheltered Garden Ground
  3. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 39. Tropic Rain
  4. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 8. TO you, let snow and roses
  5. Songs of Travel and Other Verses. 35. THE tropics vanish, and meseems that I


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