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First Line: The world is charged with the grandeur of god
Last Line: World broods with warm breast and with ah! Bright wings.
Subject(s): Christianity; Earth; Environment; Faith; God; Labor & Laborers; Men; Nature; Redemption; Religion; War; World; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Belief; Creed; Work; Workers; Theology


The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod?
Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil;
And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil
Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs --
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.




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