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First Line: I cannot find thee! Still on restless pinion
Last Line: And I must rest at last in thee, my home.
Variant Title(s): "who By Searching Can Find Out God?;'whither Shall I Go?"";
Subject(s): God; Prayer; Religion; Theology


I CANNOT find thee! still on restless pinion
My spirit beats the void where thou dost dwell;
I wander lost through all thy vast dominion,
And shrink beneath thy light ineffable.

I cannot know thee! even when most adoring
Before thy shrine I bend in lowliest prayer;
Beyond these bounds of thought, my thought upsoaring,
From further quest comes back; thou art not there.

Yet high above the limits of my seeing
And folded far within the inmost heart,
And deep below the deeps of conscience being,
Thy splendor shineth; there, O God, thou art.

I cannot lose thee; still in thee abiding
The end is clear, How wide so'er I roam;
The law that holds the worlds my steps is guiding.
And I must rest at last in thee, my home.





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