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COME not, when I am dead,
To drop thy foolish tears upon my grave,
To trample round my fallen head,
And vex the unhappy dust thou would'st not save. There let the wind sweep and the plover cry; But thou, go by.
Child, if it were thine error or thy crime,
Wed whom thou wilt, but I am sick of Time,
Pass on, weak heart, and leave me where I lie :
HE clasps the crag with hookéd hands;
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
STRONG Son of God, immortal Love,
Whom we, that have not seen thy face, By faith, and faith alone, embrace, Believing where we cannot prove!
Thine are these orbs of light and shade;
Thou madest Life in man and brute; Thou madest Death; and lo! thy foot Is on the skull which thou hast made.
Thou wilt not leave us in the dust:
Thou madest man, he knows not why; He thinks he was not made to die; And thou hast made him: thou art just.
Thou seemest human and divine,
The highest, holiest manhood, thou: Our wills are ours, we know not how; Our wills are ours, to make them thine.
Our little systems have their day;
They have their day and cease to be; They are but broken lights of thee, And thou, oh Lord, art more than they.
We have but faith: we cannot know;
For knowledge is of things we see; And yet we trust it comes from thee, A beam in darkness: let it grow.
Let knowledge grow from more to more, But more of reverence in us dwell; That mind and soul, according well, May make one music, as before,
We are fools and slight;
Help thy vain worlds to bear thy light.
Forgive what seemed my sin in me;
Forgive my grief for one removed,
Thy creature, whom I found so fair.
Forgive these wild and wandering cries,
Forgive them where they fail in truth,
And in thy wisdom make me wise.