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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

The Way

By William Steele Shurtleff (1830–1896)

[Born in Newbury Springs, Vt., 1830. Died in Longmeadow, Mass., 1896.]

FIRST, find out Truth, and then,

Although she strays

From beaten paths of men,

To untrod ways,

Her leading follow straight,

And bide thy fate!

And whether smiles or scorn

Thy passing greet,

Or find’st thou flower or thorn

Beneath thy feet,

Fare on! nor fear thy fate

At Heaven’s gate.