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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
814. The Way to Heaven
 
By Charles Goodrich Whiting
 
 
HEAVEN is open every day;
      In night also
He that would wend his upward way
      May surely go.
There is no wall to that demesne        5
Where God resides; nor any screen
To hide the glories of that scene,—
      If man will know.
 
The ladder which the Hebrew saw
      Whenas he slept,        10
From earth God never doth updraw,
      But still hath kept;
And angels ever to and fro
On errands swiftly glide and glow,—
For love above, for love below,        15
      Its rounds have stept.
 
Thereon the saint doth daily mount
      Above the stars,
Caring nowhit to take account
      Of earthly bars;        20
Since well ’t is known to such as he
There are no guards but pass him free;
He hath the watchword and the key,
      In peace, or wars.
 

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