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     Oft chidden hence, yet quickly reconciled,
Still turning on us a glad, beaming brow,
     And red, ripe lips for kisses: even now
Thou mindest me of him, the Ruler mild,
     Who led God's chosen people through the wild,
And bore with wayward murmurers, meek as thou
     That bringest waters from the Rock, with bread
Of angels strewing Earth for us! like him
     Thy force abates not, nor thine eye grows dim;
But still with milk and honey-droppings fed,
     Thou leadest to the Promised Country fair,
Though thou, like Moses, may'st not enter there


There is something very weird and striking in the following lines:—

Gone.

Alone, at midnight as he knelt, his spirit was aware
Of Somewhat falling in between the silence and the prayer;

A bell's dull clangor that hath sped so far, it faints and dies
So soon as it hath reached the ear whereto its errand lies;

And as he rose up from his knees, his spirit was aware
Of Somewhat, forceful and unseen, that sought to hold him there;

As of a Form that stood behind, and on his shoulders prest
Both hands to stay his rising up, and Somewhat in his breast,

In accents clearer far than words, spake, “Pray yet longer, pray,
For one that ever prayed for thee this night hath passed away;

“ A soul, that climbing hour by hour the silver-shining stair
That leads to God's great treasure-house, grew covetous; and there

“ Was stored no blessing and no boon, for thee she did not claim,
(So lowly, yet importunate) and ever with thy name

“She link'd — that none in earth or heaven might hinder it or stay—
One Other Name, so strong, that thine hath never missed its way.

“This very night within my arms this gracious soul I bore
Within the Gate, where many a prayer of hers had gone before;

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