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[292] to be induced to turn back and read over again, with renewed pleasure, extracts from her metrical writings, I copy from the volume so warmly commended a few brief pieces and extracts from the longer poems.

Here are three sonnets, each a sermon in itself:—

Ascending.

They who from mountain-peaks have gazed upon
     The wide, illimitable heavens have said,
That, still receding as they climbed, outspread,
     The blue vault deepens over them, and, one
By one drawn further back, each starry sun
     Shoots down a feebler splendor overhead:
So, Saviour, as our mounting spirits, led
     Along Faith's living way to Thee, have won
A nearer access, up the difficult track
     Still pressing, on that rarer atmosphere,
When low beneath us flits the cloudy rack,
     We see Thee drawn within a widening sphere
Of glory, from us further, further back,—
     Yet is it then because we are more near.


Life tapestry.

Too long have I, me thought, with tearful eye
     Pored o'er this tangled work of mine, and mused
Above each stitch awry and thread confused;
     Now will I think on what in years gone by
I heard of them that weave rare tapestry
     At royal looms, and hew they constant use
To work on the rough side, and still peruse
     The pictured pattern set above them high;
So will I set my copy high above,
     And gaze and gaze till on my spirit grows
Its gracious impress; till some line of love,
     Transferred upon my canvas, faintly glows;
Nor look too much on warp or woof, provide
     He whom I work for sees their fairer side!


Hope.

When I do think on thee, sweet Hope, and how
     Thou followest on our steps, a coaxing child


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