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[201] Where yonder stars and suns are glowing?
     To breathe with them the light divine
From God's own holy altar flowing?
     To be, indeed, whate'er the soul
In dreams hath thirsted for so long,—
     A portion of heaven's glorious whole
Of loveliness and song?

Oh, watchers of the stars at night,
     Who breathe their fire, as we the air,—
Suns, thunders, stars, and rays of light,
     Oh, say, is He, the Eternal, there?
Bend there around His awful throne
     The seraph's glance, the angel's knee?
Or are thy inmost depths His own,
     O wild and mighty sea?

Thoughts of my soul, how swift ye go!
     Swift as the eagle's glance of fire,
Or arrows from the archer's bow,
     To the far aim of your desire!
Thought after thought, ye thronging rise,
     Like spring-doves from the startled wood,
Bearing like them your sacrifice
     Of music unto God!

And shall these thoughts of joy and love
     Come back again no more to me?
Returning like the patriarch's dove
     Wing-weary from the eternal sea,
To bear within my longing arms
     The promise-bough of kindlier skies,

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