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     One Being's tidal rise and fall
In soul and form, in sound and sight,—
     Eternal outflow and recall.

God is: and man in guilt and fear
     The central fact of Nature owns;
Kneels, trembling, by his altar-stones,
     And darkly dreams the ghastly smear
Of blood appeases and atones.

Guilt shapes the Terror: deep within
     The human heart the secret lies
Of all the hideous deities;
     And, painted on a ground of sin,
The fabled gods of torment rise!

And what is He? The ripe grain nods,
     The sweet dews fall, the sweet flowers blow;
But darker signs His presence show:
     The earthquake and the storm are God's,
And good and evil interflow.

O hearts of love! O souls that turn
     Like sunflowers to the pure and best!
To you the truth is manifest:
     For they the mind of Christ discern
Who lean like John upon His breast!

In him of whom the sibyl told,
     For whom the prophet's harp was toned,
Whose need the sage and magian owned,
     The loving heart of God behold,
The hope for which the ages groaned!

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