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[294] “And where she resteth, evermore one constant song they raise
Of “Holy, holy,” so that now I know not if she prays;

“But for the voice of praise in Heaven, a voice of Prayer hath gone
From Earth; thy name upriseth now no more; pray on, pray on!”

The following may serve as a specimen of the writer's lighter, half-playful strain of moralizing:—


“And where, and among what pleasant places,
     Have ye been, that ye come again
With your laps so full of flowers, and your faces
     Like buds blown fresh after rain”
“We have been,” said the children, speaking
     In their gladness, as the birds chime,
All together,— “we have been seeking
     For the Fairies of olden time;
For we thought, they are only hidden,—
     They would never surely go
From this green earth all unbidden,
     And the children that love them so.
Though they come not around us leaping,
     As they did when they and the world
Were young, we shall find them sleeping
     Within some broad leaf curled;
For the lily its white doors closes
     But only over the bee,
And we looked through the summer roses,
     Leaf by leaf, so carefully.
But we thought, rolled up we shall find them
     Among mosses old and dry;
From gossamer threads that bind them,
     They will start like the butterfly,
All winged: so we went forth seeking,
     Yet still they have kept unseen;
Though we think our feet have been keeping
     The track where they have been,
For we saw where their dance went flying
     O'er the pastures,—snowy white

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