Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE SHRINE, by DIGBY MACKWORTH DOLBEN

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First Line: There is a shrine whose golden gate
Last Line: Within, save ever only thee?
Alternate Author Name(s): Dolben, Digby Augustus Stewart Mackworth
Subject(s): Shrines

THERE is a shrine whose golden gate
Was opened by the Hand of God;
It stands serene, inviolate,
Though millions have its pavement trod;
As fresh, as when the first sunrise
Awoke the lark in Paradise.

'Tis compassed with the dust and toil
Of common days, yet should there fall
A single speck, a single soil
Upon the whiteness of its wall,
The angels' tears in tender rain
Would make the temple theirs again.

Without, the world is tired and old,
But, once within the enchanted door,
The mists of time are backward rolled,
And creeds and ages are no more;
But all the human-hearted meet
In one communion vast and sweet.

I enter -- all is simply fair,
Nor incense-clouds, nor carven throne
But in the fragrant morning air
A gentle lady sits alone;
My mother -- ah! whom should I see
Within, save ever only thee?

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