Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BOOKS FOR THE PEOPLE, by ANNE CHARLOTTE LYNCH BOTTA

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First Line: Light to the darken'd mind
Last Line: Upon our upward way.
Subject(s): Books; Reading

"Let there be light."

LIGHT to the darken'd mind
Bear like the sun the world's wide circle round,
Bright messengers that speak without a sound!
Sight on the spirit-blind
Shall fall where'er ye pass; your living ray
Shall change the night of ages into day;
God speed ye on your way!

In closet and in hall,
Too long alone your message hath been spoken;
The spell of gold that bound ye there is broken,
Go forth and shine on all!
The world's inheritance, the legacy
Bequeathed by Genius to the race are ye,
Be like the sunlight, free!

A mighty power ye wield!
Ye wake grim centuries from their repose,
And bid their hoarded treasuries unclose,
The spoils of time to yield.
Ye hold the gift of immortality;
Bard, sage, and seer, whose fame shall never die,
Live through your ministry.

Noiseless upon your path,
Freighted with love, romance, and song, ye speed;
Moving the world in custom and in creed,
Waking its love or wrath.
Tyrants, that blench not on the battle-plain,
Quail at your silent coming, and in vain
Would bind the riven chain.

Shrines that embalm great souls
Where yet the illustrious dead high converse hold,
As gods spake through their oracles of old!
Upon your mystic scrolls
There lives a spell to guide our destiny;
The fire by night, the pillar'd cloud by day,
Upon our upward way.

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