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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919). Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse. 1903.

By Dora Greenwell (1821–1882)

The Lesson

I SAID, This task is keen—
But even while I spake, Thou, Love divine
Didst stand behind and gently over-lean
My drooping form, and oh, what task had been
Too stern for feebleness with help of Thine?        5
Spell Thou this lesson with me line by line,
The sense is rigid, but the voice is dear;
Guide Thou my hand within that hand of Thine,
Thy wounded hand, until its tremblings take
Strength from Thy touch, and even for Thy sake        10
Trace out each character in outline clear.