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     Plucked from the green, immortal palms
Which shadow Paradise?

All-moving spirit! freely forth
     At Thy command the strong wind goes:
Its errand to the passive earth,
     Nor art can stay, nor strength oppose,
Until it folds its weary wing
     Once more within the hand divine;
So, weary from its wandering,
     My spirit turns to Thine!

Child of the sea, the mountain stream,
     From its dark caverns, hurries on,
Ceaseless, by night and morning's beam,
     By evening's star and noontide's sun,
Until at last it sinks to rest,
     O'erwearied, in the waiting sea,
And moans upon its mother's breast,—
     So turns my soul to Thee!

O Thou who bidst the torrent flow,
     Who lendest wings unto the wind,—
Mover of all things! where art Thou?
     Oh, whither shall I go to find
The secret of Thy resting-place?
     Is there no holy wing for me,
That, soaring, I may search the space
     Of highest heaven for Thee?

Oh, would I were as free to rise
     As leaves on autumn's whirlwind borne,
The arrowy light of sunset skies,
     Or sound, or ray, or star of morn,

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