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"The Worst Is Yet To Come"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: This poem is a study on the Christian doctrine of forgiveness and its application in everyday life. A poorly-paid clerk had invested all the money he had saved in twelve years in a non-existent Peruvian gold mine. When he discovered that he had been the victim of fraud, he conceived a hatred for the man who had tricked him. His wife has tried to bring him to forgive the trickster, but in vain. One day the two men meet on the street, and the clerk's resentment is brought to new heat. But he hears shortly after of the man's death and, at last, is convinced by his wife to forgive the crime. The man observes that although the criminal is forgiven, the consequences of his crimes have not yet been fully realized. He tells his wife that

'His deeds yet live, the worst is yet to come.
Yet let your sleep for this one night be sound;
I do forgive him!'