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First Line: Proud is assembly, and the anthem proud
Last Line: Into one chant, one radiance and election.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund


PROUD is assembly, and the anthem proud
That populous nave and aisle and gallery raise
In conscious strength, till God in his bright cloud
Seems hovering to that multitude of praise.
Yet from this mild prosaic book, as loud,
As strong, as various, from as many throats,
I hear the Gloria of a golden crowd,
And there the heavenly wing still brighter floats.

I hear the trumpet and alarm of time
Appeal, and men and women of great soul
Replying, singing to their genius climb;
Deep wisdoms hearten, organ-yearnings roll;
Tried faith transfigures every imperfection
Into one chant, one radiance and election.





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