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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
On the Mountain
By Mary Augusta Mason
 
ALL else lies far beneath me, or above,
  And I, between two worlds, uncertain stand;
  With eyes uplifted to a vision grand,
Yet without power to soar or upward move.
The steps to heaven are builded of our love,        5
  And mine, alas, so timid on the land
  Could never find the way without His hand.
Naught have I in my heart by which to prove
My right to something I ’ve not found below—
  Except this constant, strong desire to rise;        10
It seems so strange the higher up we go—
  The farther from earth’s sinful, suffering cries,
That our unworthiness should haunt us so,
  And wreck us at the gate of Paradise.
 
 
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