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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
204. An Interpreter
By John Bannister Tabb  (1845–1909)
  
WHAT, O Eternity,
  Is Time to thee?—
What to the boundless All
My portion small?
 
Lift up thine eyes, my soul!        5
Against the tidal roll
  Stands many a stone,
  Whereon the breakers thrown
Are dashed to spray—
  Else were the Ocean dumb.       10
 
So, in the way
  Of tides eternal, thou
  Abidest now;
And God Himself doth come
  A suppliant to thee,       15
  Love’s prisoned thought to free.

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