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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919).  Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse.  1903.
 
The Watch by Night
By John Keble (1792–1866)
 
  THE ARK OF GOD is in the field,
Like clouds around the alien armies sweep;
  Each by his spear, beneath his shield,
In cold and dew the anointed warriors sleep.
 
  And can it be thou liest awake,        5
Sworn watchman, tossing on thy couch of down?
  And doth thy recreant heart not ache
To hear the sentries round the leaguered town?
 
  Oh dream no more of quiet life;
Care finds the careless out; more wise to vow        10
  Thine heart entire to Faith’s pure strife;
So peace will come thou know’st not when or how.
 
 
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