The Orator Speaks of the Heart

it is addressed thusly:
A vision.
it reads:
In courage have I done great things
As some may yet suggest?
No truth this speech within it brings
But to remind of my duress;
And they all tell me not to fear
But to do in love, or to take heart
But to do this I cannot even start
As before me would a sight appear
And cause a trembling in my hands
A quickening of my pace
In it a ladder before me stands
And around each speaking face
I climb despite their words so dear
And in dark below they disappear
In death while speaking, without a trace
And yet they tell me not to fear?

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