The Purpose

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The Purpose
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
From Poems of Experience (1917)


Over and over the task was set,
   Over and over I slighted the work,
But ever and alway I knew that yet
   I must face and finish the toil I shirk.

Over and over the whip of pain
   Has spurred and punished with blow on blow;
As ever and alway I tried in vain
   To shun the labour I hated so.

Over and over I came this way
   For just one purpose: O stubborn soul!
Turn with a will to your work to-day,
   And learn the lesson of Self-Control.

from Poems of Experience by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1917)

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