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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
166. Adventante Deo
By John Addington Symonds  (1840–1893)
  
LIFT up your heads, gates of my heart, unfold
  Your portals to salute the King of kings!
  Behold Him come, borne on cherubic wings
  Engrained with crimson eyes and grail of gold!
Before His path the thunder-clouds withhold        5
  Their stormy pinions, and the desert sings:
  He from His lips divine and forehead flings
  Sunlight of peace unfathomed, bliss untold.
O soul, faint soul, disquieted how long!
  Lift up thine eyes, for lo, thy Lord is near,       10
  Lord of all loveliness and strength and song,
The Lord who brings heart-sadness better cheer,
  Scattering those midnight dreams that dote on wrong,
  Purging with heaven’s pure rays love’s atmosphere!

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