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First Line: O dreamful jason, at the roaring ford
Last Line: Flash on thine eyes as queen of heaven's glory!
Subject(s): Prayer; Transfiguration


O dreamful Jason, at the roaring ford
Of life's Anaurus, now she pleads with thee,
The crouching beldame, grim Reality.
Uplift her bravely, trusting in thy Lord!
Howsoe'er wearisome, howe'er deplored,
Dare 'neath her weight the dark profundity
Of midnight waters, with thy spirit free
And resolute for truth, thy soul a sword!

Her weight increases still? Yet struggling on
Thy feet shall win the misty farther shore,
And there the truth that wreathes an older story
Greet thee with splendors of a sudden dawn,—
The heavy hag thy dauntless shoulders bore
Flash on thine eyes as queen of heaven's glory!





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