Matthew Arnold

(1822-1888 / Middlesex / England)

Poems of Matthew Arnold

61. Youth and Calm 5/6/2001
62. Youth's Agitations 4/2/2010

Quiet Work

One lesson, Nature, let me learn of thee,
One lesson which in every wind is blown,
One lesson of two duties kept at one
Though the loud world proclaim their enmity--

Of toil unsever'd from tranquility!
Of labor, that in lasting fruit outgrows
Far noisier schemes, accomplish'd in repose,
Too great for haste, too high for rivalry.

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