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Sing

Te Deum

by Charles Reznikoff

  

Not because of victories

I sing,

having none,

but for the common sunshine,

the breeze,

the largess of the spring.

 

Not for victory

but for the day's work done

as well as I was able;

not for a seat upon the dais

but at the common table.

  

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Taken on June 9, 2012