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From the French of Lamartine.


“Encore un hymne, O ma lyre!
Un hymne pour le Seigneur,
Un hymne dans mon delire,
Un hymne dans mon bonheur.”

one hymn more, O my lyre!
     Praise to the God above,
Of joy and life and love,
     Sweeping its strings of fire!

Oh, who the speed of bird and wind
     And sunbeam's glance will lend to me,
That, soaring upward, I may find
     My resting-place and home in Thee?
Thou, whom my soul, midst doubt and gloom,
     Adoreth with a fervent flame,—
Mysterious spirit! unto whom
     Pertain nor sign nor name!

Swiftly my lyre's soft murmurs go,
     Up from the cold and joyless earth,
Back to the God who bade them flow,
     Whose moving spirit sent them forth.
But as for me, O God! for me,
     The lowly creature of Thy will,
Lingering and sad, I sigh to Thee,
     An earth-bound pilgrim still!

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