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THE LOVE THAT PURIFIED, by            
First Line: They were impatient; some had waited long
Last Line: Had'st thou not sent the love that purified.
Subject(s): Love


THEY were impatient; some had waited long,
But Night swung not ajar his portaled gate,
All locked and barred it stood, nor even Fate
Could break it through; till soft as subtle song
The Dawn, in sun-wrought robes, stole by the throng,
And plying silver key she said, "Why wait?
The road is clean, from sin inviolate,
Then pass thou on in peace and do no wrong."

There rose a mighty shout; they crowded past,
And o'er the virgin road they fought their way.
They built a cross where some they crucified;
Again the lots were for the garments cast:
Great God! they would have blackened all the day
Had'st Thou not sent the love that purified.





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