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First Line: Recovery, daughter of creation too
Last Line: Sent thee from heaven to me!
Subject(s): God; Religion; Theology


RECOVERY, -- daughter of Creation too,
Though not for immortality designed, --
The Lord of life and death
Sent thee from heaven to me!
Had I not heard thy gentle tread approach,
Not heard the whisper of thy welcome voice,
Death had with iron foot
My chilly forehead pressed.
'T is true, I then had wandered where the earths
Roll around suns; had strayed along the paths
Where the maned comet soars
Beyond the armed eye;
And with the raptuous, eager greet had hailed
The inmates of those earths and of those suns;
Had hailed the countless host
That throng the comet's disc;
Had asked the novice questions, and obtained
Such answers as a sage vouchsafes to youth;
Had learned in hours far ore
Than ages here unfold!
But I had then not ended here below
What, in the enterprising bloom of life,
Fate with no light behest
Required me to begin.
Recovery, -- daughter of Creation too,
Though not for immortality designed, --
The Lord of life and death
Sent thee from heaven to me!




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