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  • The Halt

    From the Evening Star, June 11, 1915. By Philander Johnson.

    “Wait a little,” said the robin,
        “For the song I have to sing.”
    “Wait a little,” said the rosebud,
        “For a bit of blossoming.”
    I know the world is busy,
        But the sunshine and the smile
    Shouldn’t wholly be forgotten.
        Let us wait a little while.

    Wait a little on the beauty.
        Wait a little on the song.
    They will leave you better fitted
        For the tasks that need the strong.
    Life holds nothing for the laggard,
        But the road is many a mile,
    And there’s hope and strength in halting
        Only just a little while.