One word more, and the lesson's done,
One toil more, and a long rest follows
At set of sun.
Who would fail, for one step withholden?
Who would fail, for one word unsaid?
Who would fail, for a pause too early?
Sound sleep the dead.
One step more, and the goal receives us,
One word more, and life's task is done,
One toil more, and the Cross is carried
And sets the sun.
By Christina Rossetti
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