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There are pauses of marvellous silence,
That are full of significant sound, Like music echoing music
Under water or under ground.
That clarion again ! through what valleys
Of deep inward life did it roll,
Right down in the caves of my soul ?
My mind is bewildered with echoes,
Not all from the sweet sounds without; But spirits are answering spirits
In a beautiful muffled shout.
Oh cease then, wild horns ! I am fainting ;
If ye wail so, my heart will break; Some one speaks to me in your speaking
In a language I cannot speak.
Though the sounds ye make are all foreign,
How native, how household they are; The tones of old homes mixed with heaven,
The dead and the angels, speak there.
Dear voices, that long have been silenced,
Come clear from their peaceable land, Come toned with unspeakable sweetness
From the Presence in which they stand.
Or is music the inarticulate
Speech of the angels on earth ? Or the voice of the Undiscovered
Bringing great truths to the birth?
O music! thou surely art worship;
But thou art not like praise or prayer; And words make better thanksgiving
Than thy sweet melodies are.
There is in thee another worship,
An outflow of something divine ; For the voice of adoring silence,
If it could be a voice, were thine.
Thou art fugitive splendours made vocal,
As they glanced from that shining sea Where the Vision is visible music,
Making music of spirits who see.
Thou, Lord, art the Father of music;
Sweet sounds are a whisper from Thee; Thou hast made thy creation all anthems,
Though it singeth them silently.
But I guess by the stir of this music
What raptures in heaven can be, Where the sound is thy marvellous stillness, And the music is light out of Thee.
FREDERICK WILLIAM FABER. MY PSALM.
I MOURN no more my vanished years :
Beneath a tender rain,
My heart is young again.
I hear the glad streams run ; The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.
No longer forward, nor behind,
I look in hope or fear;
The best of now and here.
I plough no more a desert land,
To harvest weed and tare;
Rebukes my painful care.
Aside the toiling oar ;
I welcome at my door.
The airs of spring may never play
Among the ripening corn,
Blow through the autumn morn ;
Yet shall the blue-eyed gentian look
Through fringèd lids to heaven; And the pale aster in the brook
Shall see its image given;
The woods shall wear their robes of praise,
The south-wind softly sigh,
Melt down the amber sky.
Not less shall manly deed and word
Rebuke an age of wrong: The graven flowers that wreathe the sword
Make not the blade less strong.
But smiting hands shall learn to heal,
To build, as to destroy ; Nor less my heart for others feel
That I the more enjoy.
All as God wills, who wisely heeds
To give or to withhold,
Than all my prayers have told.
Enough that blessings undeserved
Have marked my erring track; That wheresoe'er my feet have swerved
His chastening turned me back;
That more and more a Providence
Of love is understood,
Sweet with eternal good;
That death seems but a covered way
Which opens into light, Wherein no blinded child can stray
Beyond the Father's sight;
That care and trial seem at last,
Through memory's sunset air, Like mountain-ranges overpast,
In purple distance fair;
That all the jarring notes of life
Seem blending in a psalm, And all the angles of its strife
Slow rounding into calm.
And so the shadows fall apart
And so the west-winds play ; And all the windows of my heart I open to the day.
JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER.