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[319] O blind ones, outward groping,
     The idle quest forego;
Who listens to His inward voice
     Alone of Him shall know.

His love all love exceeding
     The heart must needs recall,
Its self-surrendering freedom,
     Its loss that gaineth all.

Climb not the holy mountains,
     Their eagles know not me;
Seek not the Blessed Islands,
     I dwell not in the sea.

Gone is the mount of Meru,
     The triple gods are gone,
And, deaf to all the lama's prayers,
     The Buddha slumbers on.

No more from rocky Horeb
     The smitten waters gush;
Fallen is Bethel's ladder,
     Quenched is the burning bush.

The jewels of the Urim
     And Thummim all are dim;
The fire has left the altar,
     The sign the teraphim.

No more in ark or hill grove
     The Holiest abides;
Not in the scroll's dead letter
     The eternal secret hides.

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