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Rudyard Kipling

Gertrude's Prayer

Dayspring Mishandled
From "Limits and Renewals" (1932)
That which is marred at birth Time shall not mend,
  Nor water out of bitter well make clean;
All evil thing returneth at the end,
  Or elseway walketh in our blood unseen.
Whereby the more is sorrow in certaine--
Dayspring mishandled cometh not agen.

To-bruized be that slender, sterting spray
  Out of the oake's rind that should betide
A branch of girt and goodliness, straightway
  Her spring is turned on herself, and wried
And knotted like some gall or veiney wen.--
Dayspring mishandled cometh not againe.

Noontide repayeth never morning-bliss--
  Sith noon to morn is incomparable;
And, so it be our dawning goth amiss,
  None other after-hour serveth well.
Ah! Jesu-Moder, pitie my oe paine--
Dayspring mishandled cometh not againe!

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