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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Master’s Touch
 
Horatius Bonar (1808–89)
 
 
IN the still air the music lies unheard;
  In the rough marble beauty hides unseen;
To wake the music and the beauty needs
  The master’s touch, the sculptor’s chisel keen.
 
Great Master, touch us with thy skilful hand,        5
  Let not the music that is in us die;
Great Sculptor, hew and polish us; nor let,
  Hidden and lost, thy form within us lie.
 
Spare not the stroke; do with us as thou wilt;
  Let there be nought unfinish’d, broken, marr’d;        10
Complete thy purpose, that we may become
vThy perfect image, O our God and Lord.
 

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