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Poem by Matthew Arnold


Quiet Work


One lesson, Nature, let me learn of thee,
One lesson which in every wind is blown,
One lesson of two duties kept at one
Though the loud world proclaim their enmity,--

Of toil unsevered from tranquillity;
Of labor, that in lasting fruit outgrows
Far noisier schemes, accomplished in repose,
Too great for haste, too high for rivalry.

Yes, while on earth a thousand discords ring,
Mans senseless uproar mingling with his toil,
Still do thy quiet ministers move on,

Their glorious tasks in silence perfecting;
Still working, blaming still our vain turmoil,
Laborers that shall not fail, when man is gone.



Matthew Arnold


Matthew Arnold's other poems:
  1. Religious Isolation
  2. To George Cruikshank
  3. Written in Butlers Sermons
  4. Written in Emersons Essays
  5. To the Duke of Wellington


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