Justice (Poems of Progress)

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

   However inexplicable may seem
      Event and circumstance upon this earth,
   Though favours fall on those whom none esteem,
      And insult and indifference greet worth;
   Though poverty repays the life of toil,
      And riches spring where idle feet have trod,
   And storms lay waste the patiently tilled soil—
      Yet Justice sways the universe of God.

   As undisturbed the stately stars remain
      Beyond the glare of day’s obscuring light,
   So Justice dwells, though mortal eyes in vain
      Seek it persistently by reason’s sight.
   But when, once freed, the illumined soul looks out.
   Its cry will be, ‘O God, how could I doubt!’

 

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