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[320] The eye shall fail that searches
     For me the hollow sky;
The far is even as the near,
     The low is as the high.

What if the earth is hiding
     Her old faiths, long outworn?
What is it to the changeless truth
     That yours shall fail in turn?

What if the o'erturned altar
     Lays bare the ancient lie?
What if the dreams and legends
     Of the world's childhood die?

Have ye not still my witness
     Within yourselves alway,
My hand that on the keys of life
     For bliss or bale I lay?

Still, in perpetual judgment,
     I hold assize within,
With sure reward of holiness,
     And dread rebuke of sin.

A light, a guide, a warning,
     A presence ever near,
Through the deep silence of the flesh
     I reach the inward ear.

My Gerizim and Ebal
     Are in each human soul,
The still, small voice of blessing,
     And Sinai's thunder-roll.

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