Septuagesima

          ‘So run that ye may obtain.’

One step more, and the race is ended;
     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.

Christina Georgina Rossetti, before 1886.