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Discussing how their courtship grew,
And talk of others that are wed,
And how she look'd, and what he said,

And back we come at fall of dew.

Again the feast, the speech, the glee,

The shade of passing thought, the wealth
Of words and wit, the double health,

The crowning cup, the threc-times-three,

And last the dance ;—till I retire:

Dumb is that tower which spake so loud,
And high in heaven the streaming cloud,

And on the downs a rising fire:

And rise, O moon, from yonder down,
Till over down and over dale
All night the shining vapour sail

And pass the silent-lighted town,

The white-faced halls, the glancing rills,
And cateh at every mountain head,
And o'er the friths that branch and spread

Their sleeping silver thro' the hills;

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And touch with shade the bridal doors,
With tender gloom the roof, the wall;
And breaking let the splendour fall

To spangle all the happy shores

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By which they rest, and ocean sounds,
And, star and system rolling past,
A soul shall draw from out the vast

And strike his being into bounds,

And, moved thro' life of lower phase,
Result in man, be born and think,
And act and love, a closer link

Betwixt us and the crowning race

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Of those that, eye to eye, shall look

On knowledge; under whose command
Is Earth and Earth's, and in their hand

Is Nature like an open book;

No longer half-akin to brute,

For all we thought and loved and did,
And hoped, and suffer d, is but seed

Of what in them is flower and fruit;

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Whereof the man, that with me trod This planet, was a noble type Appearing ere the times were ripe,

That friend of mine who lives in God,

That God, which ever lives and loves, One God, one law, one element, And one far-off divine event,

To which the whole creation moves.


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