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Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869–1935). Collected Poems. 1921.

VIII. Avon’s Harvest, Etc.

6. Job the Rejected

THEY met, and overwhelming her distrust

With penitence, he praised away her fear;

They married, and Job gave him half a year

To wreck the temple, as we knew he must.

He fumbled hungrily to readjust

A fallen altar, but the road was clear

By which it was her will to disappear

That evening when Job found him in the dust.

Job would have deprecated such a way

Of heaving fuel on a sacred fire,

Yet even the while we saw it going out,

Hardly was Job to find his hour to shout;

And Job was not, so far as we could say,

The confirmation of her soul’s desire.