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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Second Book of Modern Verse.  1922.
 
Exile from God
 
John Hall Wheelock
 
 
I DO not fear to lay my body down
    In death, to share
The life of the dark earth and lose my own,
    If God is there.
 
I have so loved all sense of Him, sweet might        5
    Of color and sound,—
His tangible loveliness and living light
    That robes me ’round.
 
If to His heart in the hushed grave and dim
    We sink more near,        10
It shall be well—living we rest in Him.
    Only I fear
 
Lest from my God in lonely death I lapse,
    And the dumb clod
Lose him; for God is life, and death perhaps        15
    Exile from God.
 

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