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First Line: God would not let the spheric lights accost
Last Line: Scarce plainer than heaven's angels on the wing.
Subject(s): Blindness; Boyd, Hugh Stuart (1781-1848); Visually Handicapped


God would not let the spheric lights accost
This God-loved man, and bade the earth stand off
With all her beckoning hills whose golden stuff
Under the feet of the royal sun is crossed.
Yet such things were to him not wholly lost, --
Permitted, with his wandering eyes lightproof,
To catch fair visions rendered full enough
By many a ministrant accomplished ghost, --
Still seeing, to sounds of softly-turned book-leaves,
Sappho's crown - rose, and Meleager's Spring,
And Gregory's starlight on Greek-burnished eves:
Till Sensuous and Unsensuous seemed one thing,
Viewed from one level, -- earth's reapers at the sheaves
Scarce plainer than Heaven's angels on the wing.





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