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Pàgina 367 - And thought is lost ere thought can soar so high, Even like past moments in eternity. Thou from primeval nothingness didst call First chaos, then existence : Lord, on thee Eternity had its foundation ; all Sprung forth from thee, — of light, joy, harmony, Sole origin. All life, all beauty, thine...
Pàgina 368 - O visions blest ! Though worthless our conceptions all of Thee, Yet shall Thy shadowed image fill our breast, And waft its homage to Thy Deity. God ! thus alone my lowly thoughts can soar ; Thus seek Thy presence — Being wise and good ! 'Midst Thy vast works admire, obey, adore ; And when the tongue is eloquent no more, The soul shall speak in tears of gratitude.
Pàgina 368 - Thou art ! directing, guiding all, Thou art ! Direct my understanding then to Thee ; Control my spirit, guide my wandering heart Though but an atom midst immensity, Still I am something, fashioned by Thy hand ! I hold a middle rank 'twixt heaven and earth, On the last verge of mortal being stand, Close to the realms where angels have their birth, Just on the boundaries of the spirit-land ! The chain of being is complete in me ; In me is matter's last gradation lost, And the next step is spirit —...
Pàgina 367 - Yes, as a drop of water in the sea All this magnificence in thee is lost. What are ten thousand worlds compared to thee?
Pàgina 368 - Constructed and conceived ? unknown ! this clod Lives surely through some higher energy ; For from itself alone it could not be ! Creator yes ! Thy wisdom and Thy word Created me ! Thou source of life and good ! Thou spirit of my spirit, and my Lord ! Thy light, Thy love, in their bright plenitude...
Pàgina 367 - In its sublime research, philosophy May measure out the ocean deep, may count The sands or the sun's rays : but, God, for thee There is no weight nor measure ; none can mount Up to thy mysteries. Reason's brightest spark, Though kindled by thy light, in vain would try To trace thy counsels, infinite and dark ; And thought is lost ere thought can soar so high, Even like past moments in eternity.
Pàgina 367 - Thy chains the unmeasured universe surround, Upheld by Thee, by Thee inspired with breath ! Thou the beginning with the end hast bound, And beautifully mingled life and death ! As sparks mount upward from the fiery blaze, So suns are born, so worlds spring forth from Thee, And as the spangles in the sunny rays Shine round the silver snow, the pageantry Of heaven's bright army glitters in Thy praise.
Pàgina 366 - O thou eternal One! whose presence bright All space doth occupy, all motion guide. Unchanged through time's all-devastating flight! Thou only God — there is no God beside! Being above all beings! Mighty One, Whom none can comprehend and none explore! Who fill'st existence with Thyself alone — Embracing all, supporting, ruling o'er, Being whom we call God, and know no more!
Pàgina 367 - Wander unwearied through the blue abyss. They own Thy power, accomplish Thy command, All gay with life, all eloquent with bliss. What shall we call them ? Piles of crystal light — A glorious company of golden streams — Lamps of celestial ether burning bright — Suns lighting systems with their joyous beams ; Bat Thou to these art as the noon to night.