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Have I Failed?

From the Newark Evening Star, April 22, 1915. By S. E. Kiser.

I have worked and I have won
    Certain pleasing victories;
If the things that I have done
    Be not heard of overseas,
Or their merits be denied
    Or unnoticed by the crowd,
Still, to me they have supplied
    Moments when my heart was proud.

I have loved and I have heard
    Her who seemed angelic say
Tenderly the golden word
    That swept all my doubts away;
Though the world may never look
    For such worth as I have had,
Or perceive my little nook,
    I have filled it and been glad.

I have seen her child and mine
    Sleeping in her proud embrace;
If my gifts be not divine,
    Nor my place a lofty place,
I have worked and hoped and won
    All the love a man may claim.
Have I failed if I have done
    Naught to bring me wealth or fame?

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