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First Line: Pain of too poignant beauty fills the heart
Last Line: Desire for thee to end thy long seclusion!
Subject(s): Desire; Dreams; Pain; Nightmares; Suffering; Misery


Pain of too poignant beauty fills the heart
Seeing rich dreams through some rare sunset drift,
Or when on lawns the summer shadows shift
In soft designs beyond Man's clumsy art
To emulate. Quick tears may almost start
When the anointed stars to heaven uplift
Their voiceless adoration, and a rift
Seems shining in the night where pale clouds part.

In hours like these what vast benevolence
Breathes through the world! O God beyond illusion,
Then we divine thou knowest our dark confusion,
With fervent answers soothing every sense;
And yet we feel—what pain—in the intense
Desire for thee to end thy long seclusion!





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