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The Day and the Work

Edwin Markham 1852 (Oregon City) – 1940

To each man is given a day and his
  work for the day;
And once and no more is to be given to
  travel that way.
And woe if he flies from the task,
  whatever the odds.
For the task is appointed to him on
  the scroll of the gods.

To each man is given a marble to
  carve for the wall;
A stone that is needed t heighten the
  beauty of all;
And only his soul has the magic to
  give it grace,
And only his hands have the cunning
  to put it in place.

Yes; the task that is given to each
  man, no other can do;
So the errand is waiting; it has waited
  through ages for you;
And now you appear; and the Hushed
  One is turning His grace
To see what you do with your chance
  in the chamber of days.
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