Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, HYMN, by MARIE JOSEPH BLAISE CHENIER



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First Line: Source of all truth, blasphemed by every liar
Last Line: The incense of pure pray'r!
Subject(s): Nature - Religious Aspects


SOURCE of all truth, blasphemed by every liar,
Eternal guardian of all souls alive,
Freedom's own God, of Nature the one sire
In whom all live and thrive;

Thou hast set the world's base under seas unsounded,
Thine arm hurls wide or thunder-bolt or wind;
Thou shinest in the sun whose rays unbounded
Give strength to humankind!

Thy shrines are found in the unfurrowed prairies,
In cities opulent, in desert caves,
In lowly valleys and in mountain aeries,
In sky and under waves.

But for thy glory there is consecrated
A shrine more noble than the azure air
In upright hearts where burneth unabated
The incense of pure pray'r!





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