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CXCVIII THE UNBELIEVER Behold yon wretch, by impious passion driven, Believes and trembles while he scoffs at Heaven; By weakness strong, and bold thro' fear alone, He dreads the sneer by shallow coxcombs thrown; Dauntless pursues the path Spinoza trod; To man a coward, and a brave to God.
There is no wind but soweth seeds
We find within these souls of ours
Within the hearts of all men lie
J. R. Lowell
Deep on the convent-roof the snows
Are sparkling to the moon:
May my soul follow soon!
Slant down the snowy sward,
That lead me to my Lord:
As are the frosty skies,
That in my bosom lies.
As these white robes are soil'd, and dark,
To yonder shining ground;
To yonder argent round;
My spirit before Thee,
To that I hope to be.
Thro' all yon starlight keen,
In raiment white, and clean.
He lifts me to the golden doors,
The flashes come, and go;
And strows her lights below,
Roll back, and far within
To make me pure of sin.
One Sabbath deep and wide— A light upon the shining sea,
The Bridegroom, and His bride.
A. Tennyson VII
The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
And spangled Heavens, a shining frame,
Their great Original proclaim.
The unwearied sun, from day to day,
Does his Creator's power display,
And publishes to every land
The work of an Almighty hand.
Soon as the evening shades prevail
What, though in solemn silence all
In reason's ear they all rejoice,
Beautiful are the heralds
That stand at Nature's door, Crying, " O traveller, enter in,
And taste the Master's store!" One or the other always crying—
In the voice of the summer hours, In the thunder of the winter storm,
Or the song of the fresh spring flowers.
"Enter," they cry, "to a kingly feast,
Where all may venture near; A million beauties for the eye,
And music for the ear:
Upon the threshold fall,
'To Him who gives thee all.'"
So some kneel down and enter
With reverent step and slow;
Breathe round them as they go:
And the sunshine round them sleeping, To where the angels, Faith and Love,
The inner gates are keeping.