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THE AERONAUT, by            
First Line: Paean, sing paean! / for I have made me wings
Last Line: "thy courier I!'?"
Subject(s): Flight; Love; Religion; Flying; Theology

PÆAN, sing paæn!
For I have made me wings;
No more the empyrean
Withstands my journeyings;—
The empyrean,
Eternal, silent, vast!
I enter it at last,
And the god in me sings.

Power, sing power!
For I am greater grown;
This is the mighty hour
When all becomes mine own;—
The mighty hour
Dreamed, laboured for, fulfilled,
Won as my spirit willed,—
The firmament known.

Yet, in the singing,
Hearken a low, sweet cry:
"Wouldst thou, O Man, be winging
The stretches of the sky;—
Wouldst thou be winging
Thine ever-upward way,
Did not Love smile and say:
'Thy courier I!'?"

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