O holy Hope! and high Humility,
High as the heavens above!
These are your walks, and you
have showd them me,
To kindle my cold love.
Dear, beauteous Death! the jewel of the Just,
Shining nowhere, but in the dark;
do lie beyond thy dust,
Could man outlook that mark!
He that hath found some fledgd birds nest may know,
At first sight, if the bird be flown;
what fair well or grove he sings in now,
That is to him unknown.
And yet as Angels in some brighter dreams
Call to the soul, when man doth sleep:
strange thoughts transcend our wonted themes,
And into glory peep.
If a star were confind into a tomb,
Her captive flames must needs burn there;
But when the
hand that lockd her up gives room,
Shell shine through all the sphere.
O Father of eternal life, and all
Created glories under Thee!
Resume Thy spirit from this world
Into true liberty.
Either disperse these mists, which blot and fill
My perspective still as they pass:
Or else remove
me hence unto that hill,
Where I shall need no glass.
THROUGH that pure Virgin-shrine,
That sacred vail drawn oer thy glorious noon
might look and live as Glow-worms shine,
And face the Moon:
Wise Nicodemus saw such light
him know his God by night.
Were all my loud, evil days
Calm and unhaunted as is thy dark Tent,
Whose peace but by
some Angels wing or voice
Is seldom rent;
Then I in Heaven all the long year
Would keep, and never wander
But living where the Sun
Doth all things wake, and where all mix and tyre
others, I consent and run
To evry myre,
And by this worlds ill-guiding light,
Erre more then I can do by
There is in God (some say)
A deep, but dazling darkness; as men here
Say it is late and dusky,
See not all clear;
O for that night! where I in him
Might live invisible and dim.
HITHER thou comst: the busy wind all night
Blew thro thy lodging, where thy own warm wing
pillow was. Many a sullen storm
(For which coarse man seems much the fitter born)
Rained on thy bed
And now as fresh and cheerful as the light
Thy little heart in early hymns doth sing
Providence, whose unseen arm
Curbed them, and clothed thee well and warm.
All things that be praise
Him, and had
Their lesson taught them when first made.
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