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 I cannot doubt, if thou hadst been
Among the highly favored men
Who walked on earth with Fenelon,
He would have owned thee as his son;
And, bright with wings of cherubim
Visibly waving over him,
Seen through his life, the Church had seemed
All that its old confessors dreamed. “
‘I would have been,’ Jean Jaques replied,
“The humblest servant at his side,
Obscure, unknown, content to see
How beautiful man's life may be!
Oh, more than thrice-blest relic, more
Than solemn rite or sacred lore,
The holy life of one who trod
The foot-marks of the Christ of God!
Amidst a blinded world he saw
The oneness of the Dual law;
That Heaven's sweet peace on. Earth began,
And God was loved through love of man.
He lived the Truth which reconciled
The strong man Reason, Faith the child;
In him belief and act were one,
The homilies of duty done! “
So speaking, through the twilight gray
The two old pilgrims went their way.
What seeds of life that day were sown,
The heavenly watchers knew alone.
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