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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
185. A New Hymn for Solitude
By Edward Dowden  (1843–1913)
  
I FOUND Thee in my heart, O Lord,
As in some secret shrine;
I knelt, I waited for Thy word,
  I joyed to name Thee mine.
 
I feared to give myself away        5
  To that or this; beside
Thy altar on my face I lay,
  And in strong need I cried.
 
Those hours are past. Thou art not mine,
  And therefore I rejoice,       10
I wait within no holy shrine,
  I faint not for the voice.
 
In Thee we live; and every wind
  Of heaven is Thine; blown free
To west, to east, the God unshrined       15
  Is still discovering me.

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