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Poem by Jean Ingelow


Compensation


One launched a ship, but she was wrecked at sea;
He built a bridge, but floods have borne it down;
He meant much good, none came: strange destiny,
His corn lies sunk, his bridge bears none to town,
Yet good he had not meant became his crown;
For once at work, when even as nature free,
From thought of good he was, or of renown,
God took the work for good and let good be.
So wakened with a trembling after sleep,
Dread Mona Roa yields her fateful store;
All gleaming hot the scarlet rivers creep,
And fanned of great-leaved palms slip to the shore,
Then stolen to unplumbed wastes of that far deep,
Lay the foundations for one island more. 



Jean Ingelow


Jean Ingelow's other poems:
  1. Grand Is The Leisure Of The Earth
  2. Scholar and Carpenter
  3. A Song in Three Parts
  4. Requiescat In Pace!
  5. Perdita


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Helen Cone Compensation ("The brook ran laughing from the shade")

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