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Because none ever saw so clear
The shore beyond of endless bliss :
But that in such communion high
What then shall wretched sinners do,
Sin, as it is, shall meet their view,
God turn his face for aye away?
Lord, by thy sad and earnest eye,
When Thou didst look to heaven and sigh ;
As thou hast touch'd our ears, and taught
From foul reproach, from thrilling fears,
From idle words, that restless throng,
And haunt our hearts when we would pray, From pride's false chime, and jarring wrong, Seal thou my lips, and guard the way: For Thou hast sworn, that every ear, Willing or loth, thy trump shall hear, And every tongue unchained be
To own no hope, no God, but Thee.
THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER
And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: for I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. St. Luke x. 23, 24.
ON Sinai's top, in prayer and trance,
Fasting he watch'd and all alone,
Wrapt in a still, dark, solid cloud,
The curtain of the Holy One
Drawn round him like a shroud:
So, separate from the world, his breast
There one by one his spirit saw,
Of things divine the shadows bright,
Through gold and gems, a dazzling maze,
Yet not that gorgeous place, nor aught
Could half appease his craving thought ;
The void was still the same.
"Shew me thy glory, gracious Lord!
""Tis Thee," he cries, "not thine, I seek!."
k See that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. Hebrews viii. 5.
i Exodus xxxiii. 18.
Nay, start not at so bold a word
The spark of his first deathless fire
To the Creator's love.
The eye in smiles may wander round, Caught by earth's shadows as they fleet;
But for the soul no help is found,
Save Him, who made it, meet.
Spite of yourselves, ye witness this ",
This witness bore the saints of old
When highest rapt and favour'd most,
in Pensees de Pascal, part 1. art. viii.