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Poem by William Dean Howells


What Shall It Profit?


IF I lay waste and wither up with doubt
The blessed fields of heaven where once my faith
Possessed itself serenely safe from death;
If I deny the things past finding out;
Or if I orphan my own soul of One
That seemed a Father, and make void the place
Within me where He dwelt in power and grace,
What do I gain by that I have undone?



William Dean Howells


William Dean Howells's other poems:
  1. The Song the Oriole Sings
  2. In Earliest Spring
  3. Vision
  4. The Two Wives
  5. The Sarcastic Fair


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