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First Line: O earth, scene of what toil and anguish
Last Line: Scarce sustain!
Subject(s): Angels; Heaven; Soul; Paradise

O Earth, scene of what toil and anguish!
Century after century, thousands thousands of years,
What reek of battles, smoke of vast wilderness-cities,
Going up from age to age, losing itself in the calm immeasurable blue.

wonderful unutterable secret! the moon gliding through the trees!
The soul of man slowly transforming itself, growing bursting through the
sheaths—the stars looking on!
The new creature born anew, in travail and in suffering, ascending into
Ah! songs and harmonies angelic sounding—ah! joy the mortal frame can
scarce sustain!

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