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     Shine out, O Light Divine, and show
How wide and far we stray!

Hush every lip, close every book,
     The strife of tongues forbear;
Why forward reach, or backward look,
     For love that clasps like air?

We may not climb the heavenly steeps
     To bring the Lord Christ down:
In vain we search the lowest deeps,
     For Him no depths can drown.

Nor holy bread, nor blood of grape,
     The lineaments restore
Of Him we know in outward shape
     And in the flesh no more.

He cometh not a king to reign;
     The world's long hope is dim;
The weary centuries watch in vain
     The clouds of heaven for Him.

Death comes, life goes; the asking eye
     And ear are answerless;
The grave is dumb, the hollow sky
     Is sad with silentness.

The letter fails, and systems fall,
     And every symbol wanes;
The Spirit over-brooding all
     Eternal Love remains.

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