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“ [69] everything good, and that Satan himself could have no shield strong enough to resist permanently the divine power of the divine spirit.”

New vistas were opening everywhere before her. She made acquaintance with Margaret Fuller, who read her poems, and urged her to publish them. Of one of these poems, Miss Fuller writes:--

It is the record of days of genuine inspiration,--of days when the soul lay in the light, when the spiritual harmonies were clearly apprehended and great religious symbols reanimated with their original meaning. Its numbers have the fulness and sweetness of young love, young life. Its gifts were great and demand the service of a long day's work to requite and to interpret them. I can hardly realize that the Julia Ward I have seen has lived this life. It has not yet pervaded her whole being, though I can recall something of it in the steady light of her eye. May she become all attempered and ennobled by this music. I saw in her taste, the capacity for genius, and the utmost delicacy of passionate feeling, but caught no glimpse at the time of this higher mood.... If she publishes, I would not have her omit the lines about the “lonely room.” The personal interest with which they stamp that part is slight and delicate....

“I know of many persons in my own circle to whom I think the poem would be especially grateful.” 1

On every hand she met people, who like herself were

1 This manuscript poem was lost, together with many others of the period, a loss always regretted by our mother.

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