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light, warmth, and sprouting greenness, and o'er all
     Blue, stainless, steel-bright ether, raining down
Tranquillity upon the deep-hushed town,
     The freshening meadows, and the hillsides brown;
Voice of the west-wind from the hills of pine,
     And the brimmed river from its distant fall,
Low hum of bees, and joyous interlude
     Of bird-songs in the streamlet-skirting wood,—
Heralds and prophecies of sound and sight,
     Blessed forerunners of the warmth and light, [26]
Attendant angels to the house of prayer,
     With reverent footsteps keeping pace with mine,—
Once more, through God's great love, with you I share
     A morn of resurrection sweet and fair
As that which saw, of old, in Palestine,
     Immortal Love uprising in fresh bloom
From the dark night and winter of the tomb!

2d, 5th mo., 1852.

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