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Theke Is A Deep And Subtle Snare, Whose ...
Theke is a deep and subtle snare , Whose sure temptation hardly fails ,
"Which , just because it looks so fair , Only a noble heart assails .
So all the more we need be strong Against this false and seeming Right ;
Which none the less is deadly wrong " , Because it glitters clothed in light .
When duties unfulnlled remain , Or noble works are left unplanned ,
Or when great deeds cry out in vain On coward heart and trembling hand , —
Then will a seeming Angel speak : 'The hours are fleeting—great the
need' If thou art strong , and others weak , Thine be the effort and the deed .
11 Deaf are their ears who ought to hear : Idle their hands , and dull their soul ;
While sloth , or ignorance , or fear , Fetters them with a blind control .
" Sort thou the tangled web aright : Take thou the toil—take thou the pain :
For fear the hour begin its flight , While Right and Duty plead in vain . "
And now it is I bid thee pause , Nor let this Tempter bend thy will :
There are diviner , truer laws That teach a nobler lesson still .
Learn that each duty makes its claim Upon one soul : not each on all .
How—if G-od speaks thy Brother ' s name—Dare thou make answer to the call ?
The greater peril in the strife , The less this evil should be done ;
For as in Battle , so in Life ,
Danger and honor still are one .
English Woman’s Journal (1858-1864), Feb. 1, 1859, page 414, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/ewj/issues/ewj_01021859/page/54/