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As some dark world from upper air
Were stooping over this.
At times the solemn thunder pealed,
And all was still again,
Save a low murmur in the air
Of coming wind and rain.
Just as the first big rain-drop fell,
A weary stranger came,
And stood before the farmer's door,
With travel soiled and lame.
Sad seemed he, yet sustaining hope
Was in his quiet glance,
And peace, like autumn's moonlight, clothed
His tranquil countenance,—
A look, like that his Master wore
In Pilate's council-hall:
It told of wrongs, but of a love
Meekly forgiving all.
‘Friend! wilt thou give me shelter here?’
The stranger meekly said;
And, leaning on his oaken staff,
The goodman's features read.
“My life is hunted,—evil men
Are following in my track;
The traces of the torturer's whip
Are on my aged back;
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