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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Amen
By Arthur Christopher Benson (1862–1925)
 
RETURN, sad sister, Faith;
Dim, unsubstantial wraith!
Return, thy votary saith
    He needs thee now:
Thou wert serenely fair!        5
But some diviner air
Gleams on thy silver’d hair,
    And crowns thy brow;
 
Thou wilt return, and I
Shall rather sing than sigh,        10
In that great company
    Of souls forlorn:
One with all hearts that break
For some belovèd’s sake,
The hopeless hearts, that ache        15
    And dare not mourn.
 
Wherefore, since pain and pride
Must sleep unsatisfied,—
Because Thy heart is wide,
    And dim our ken,—        20
To that vast prayer that rolls
Beyond the frozen poles,
With all desirous souls
    I cry, Amen.
 
 
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