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A grace within his soul hath reigned
Which nothing else can bring;
Thank God for all that I have gained
By that high sorrowing.
In reverence will w speak of those who woo
The ear divine with clear and ready prayer;
And while their voices cleave the Sabbath air,
Know their bright thoughts are winging heavenward too.
Yet many a one,--"the latchet of whose shoe"
These might not loose--will often only dare
Lay some poor words between him and despair--
"Father, forgive! we know not what we do."
My exit is the result of too many entrees.
- [Last Words]
Youth, that pursuest with such eager pace
Thy even way,
Thou pantest on to win a mournful race:
Then stay! oh, stay!
Pause and luxuriate in thy sunny plain;
Once past, thou never wilt come back again,
A second Boy.
- Carpe Diem [Youth]
I always thought a tinge of blue
Improved a charming woman's stocking.
- Four Lovers (II, In Summer) [Women]
That man is thought a dangerous knave,
Or zealot plotting crime,
Who for advancement of his kind
Is wiser than his time.
- attributed to Men of Old [Reputation]
Grand Thoughts that never can be wearied out,
Showing the unreality of Time.
- Sonnet to Charles Lamb [Thought]
But the beating of my own heart
Was all the sound I heard.
- The Brookside [Heart]
I wandered by the brook-side,
I wandered by the mill;
I could not hear the brook flow,
The noisy wheel was still.
- The Brookside [Brooks]
Great thoughts, great feelings, came to them,
Like instincts, unawares.
- The Men of Old [Instinct]
A man's best things are nearest him,
Lie close about his feet.
- The Men of Old (st. 7) [Blessings : Life]
The virtue lies
In the struggle, not the prize.
- The World to the Soul (9, 1)
[Perseverance : Success]
He who for love hath undergone
The worst that can befall,
Is happier thousandfold than one
Who never loved at all.
- To Myrzha--On Returning [Love]
But on and up, where Nature's heart
Beats strong amid the hills.
- Tragedy of the Lac de Gaube (st. 2)