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[267] A tenderer light than moon or sun,
     Than song of earth a sweeter hymn,
May shine and sound forever on,
     And thou be deaf and dim.

Forever round the Mercy-seat
     The guiding lights of Love shall burn;
But what if, habit-bound, thy feet
     Shall lack the will to turn?

What if thine eye refuse to see,
     Thine ear of Heaven's free welcome fail,
And thou a willing captive be,
     Thyself thy own dark jail?

Oh, doom beyond the saddest guess,
     As the long years of God unroll,
To make thy dreary selfishness
     The prison of a soul!

To doubt the love that fain would break
     The fetters from thy self-bound limb;
And dream that God can thee forsake
     As thou forsakest Him! “

1863.

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