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First Line: Yes, it was the mountain echo
Last Line: For of god, -- of god they are.
Subject(s): Echoes

Yes, it was the mountain Echo,
Solitary, clear, profound,
Answering to the shouting Cuckoo,
Giving to her sound for sound!
Unsolicited reply
To a babbling wanderer sent;
Like her ordinary cry,
Like -- but oh, how different!
Hears not also mortal Life?
Hear not we, unthinking Creatures!
Slaves of folly, love, or strife --
Voices of two different natures?
Have not we too? -- yes, we have
Answers, and we know not whence;
Echoes from beyond the grave,
Recognized intelligence!
Such rebounds our inward ear
Catches sometimes from afar --
Listen, ponder, hold them dear;
For of God, -- of God they are.

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