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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
 
Godward
By Francis Ellingwood Abbot (1836–1903)
 
THOU Soul that overlightest mine!
That with Thy solar blaze divine
Quenchest the firefly’s timid shine!
 
Shall Thy vast lustre be my night?
A spark burns here,—and light is light;        5
I am of Thee, O Infinite!
 
For Thou and I are next of kin;
The pulses that are strong within,
From the deep Infinite heart begin.
 
Thou art my All,—but what am I?        10
A flickering hope, a passionate sigh
Exhaled upon the kindred sky.
 
Ah, not in vain the cry shall be!
In these poor shoots of flame I see
A burning effluence from Thee;        15
 
And tending towards Thee ever higher,
Their hearts shall evermore aspire
To mix with Thee, Empyreal Fire!
 
 
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