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TO A BLUEBELL, by            
First Line: Is that a drop of the ethereal blue
Last Line: I know that that is well.
Subject(s): God; Prayer; Religion; Solitude; Theology; Loneliness


IS that a drop of the ethereal blue
Thou holdest, swaying on thy slender stalk?
Or hast thou from the ocean wave thy hue,
Frail tenant of the rock?

Perchance to beings of a finer sense
This beautiful color would be sound as well,
Worthy to peal through all the rainbow tents
Of flowerdom from thy bell.

And yet, fair flower, so few the eyes to see
Or tongues to praise thee in this solitude,
Lackest thou nothing? Pray, bestow on me
Thy own contented mood.

The Hand that set thee on this rocky shelf
Guides all the worlds upon their lordly ways;
He stamped on thee some image of Himself,
And that is more than praise.

Ay, 't is enough, O little flower, to draw
One's joy from God alone: humbly to dwell
In any place fulfilling heaven's law,—
I know that that is well.





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