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Prelude.

I sing the Pilgrim of a softer clime
     And milder speech than those brave men's who brought
To the ice and iron of our winter time
     A will as firm, a creed as stern, and wrought
With one mailed hand, and with the other fought.
     Simply, as fits my theme, in homely rhyme
I sing the blue-eyed German Spener taught,
     Through whose veiled, mystic faith the Inward Light,
Steady and still, an easy brightness, shone,
     Transfiguring all things in its radiance white.
The garland which his meekness never sought
     I bring him; over fields of harvest sown
With seeds of blessing, now to ripeness grown,
     I bid the sower pass before the reapers' sight.

Never in tenderer quiet lapsed the day
     From Pennsylvania's vales of spring away,
Where, forest-walled, the scattered hamlets lay

Along the wedded rivers. One long bar
     Of purple cloud, on which the evening star
Shone like a jewel on a scimitar,

Held the sky's golden gateway. Through the deep
     Hush of the woods a murmur seemed to creep,
The Schuylkill whispering in a voice of sleep.

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