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LORD, what am I, that, with unceasing care,
Thou didst seek after me, that thou didst wait, Wet with unhealthy dews, before my gate, And pass the gloomy nights of winter there? Oh, strange delusion !--that I did not greet Thy blest approach ; and oh, to Heaven how lost, If my ingratitude's unkindly frost Has chilled the bleeding wounds upon thy feet. How oft my guardian angel gently cried, 'Soul, from thy casement look, and thou shalt see How He persists to knock and wait for thee !' And oh ! how often to that voice of sorrow, * To-morrow we will open,' I replied; And, when the morrow came, I answered still, * To-morrow.'
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
(from LOPE DE VEGA).
Suspended to a rim of cloud,
We sinned-we sin—is that a dream?
Singly we pass the gloomy gate ;
With all so usual, hour by hour,
Thou wilt not frown, O God. Yet we
What earthly vision never saw
LOST DAYS. THE lost days of my life until today,
What where they, could I see them on the street Lie as they fell? Would they be ears of wheat Sown once for food but trodden into clay? Or golden coins squandered and still to pay?
Or drops of blood dabbling the guilty feet?
Or such spilt water as in dreams must cheat The throats of men in Hell, who thirst alway?
I do not see them here ; but after death
God knows I know the faces I shall see,
'I am thyself,—what hast thou done to me?'
DANTE G. ROSSETTI,
Of sin oppressed her heart; for all the blame
Only the sin remained,—the leprous state;
"MAY BE THE LORD WILL LOOK UPON
ROP, drop slow tears !
And bathe those beauteous feet,
The news and Prince of Peace.
His mercies to entreat:
Sin doth never cease.
Drown all my faults and fears,
Prayer and Aspiration.
FAIN would my thoughts fly up to Thee,
Thy peace, sweet Lord, to find; But, when I offer, still the world
Lays clogs upon my mind.
Sometimes I climb a little way
And thence look down below;
That here make such a show!
Then round about I turn my eyes
To feast my hungry sight;
In every thing delight.
And it with joy admire;
As set my heart on fire.