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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Poems.
V. The Eternal Now
By Dora Greenwell (1821–1882)
 
          “For one day with Thee is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

“NOW have I won a marvel and a Truth”;
So spake the soul and trembled, “dread and ruth
Together mixed, a sweet and bitter core
Closed in one rind; for I did sin of yore,
But this (so said I oft) was long ago;        5
So put it from me far away, but, lo!
With Thee is neither After nor Before,
O Lord, and clear within the noon-light set
Of one illimitable Present, yet
Thou lookest on my fault as it were now.        10
So will I mourn and humble me; yet Thou
Art not as man, that oft forgives a wrong
Because he half forgets it, Time being strong
To wear the crimson of guilt’s stain away;
For Thou, forgiving, dost so in the Day        15
That shows it clearest, in the boundless Sea
Of Mercy and Atonement, utterly
Casting our pardoned trespasses behind,
No more remembered, or to come in mind;
Set wide from us as East from West away        20
So now this bitter turns to solace kind;
And I will comfort me that once of old
A deadly sorrow struck me, and its cold
Runs through me still; but this was long ago.
My grief is dull through age, and friends outworn,        25
And wearied comforters, have long forborne
To sit and weep beside me: Lord, yet Thou
And look upon my pang as it were now!”
 
 
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