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PRELUDE TO FAITH, by            
First Line: When the last light dust from the drying stalks
Last Line: Grant us to keep it in the hearts of men.
Subject(s): Faith; Belief; Creed


When the last light dust from the drying stalks
Of goldenrod flings the first fall signs,
And the ambient air is choked with autumn,
And asters spell their purple message
In ragged letters, clinging to the hills
That push up out of the deep dark earth
Like miniature mountains freed from prairie prisons;
When water runs slowly over cold stones,
And sluggish rivers feel the burden
Of the wild geese, winging down the wind;
While in the frost-tinged darkness, a star
Falls like a plummet from the mute heavens:

Then do I know the beauty born in dying,
Then do I know the dark boughs will be green again;
Oh, let my heart remember this -- remember --
Grant us to keep it in the hearts of men.





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