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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
 
The Mystery of God
By Frederick Lucian Hosmer (1840–1929)
 
O THOU, in all thy might so far,
  In all thy love so near,
Beyond the range of sun and star,
  And yet beside us here,—
 
What heart can comprehend Thy name,        5
  Or searching, find Thee out,
Who art within a quickening Flame,
  A Presence round about?
 
Yet though I know Thee but in part,
  I ask not, Lord, for more:        10
Enough for me to know Thou art,
  To love Thee and adore.
 
O sweeter than aught else besides,
  The tender mystery
That like a veil of shadow hides        15
  The Light I may not see!
 
And dearer than all things I know
  Is childlike faith to me,
That makes the darkest way I go
  An open path to Thee.        20
 
 
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