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SILENCE, by            
First Line: I am the warden of the seals of sleep
Last Line: Safe in my keeping have I hidden god.
Subject(s): God; Silence; Singing & Singers; Sleep; Songs

I am the warden of the seals of sleep,
Grim shepherd of the restless hours that stray
Like lambs across a tranquil country way.
Mine are the vigils that the lonely keep;
Dead cities where the desert sands drift deep;
Songs man once sang, prayers that he used to pray.
Mine is tomorrow, mine is yesterday, --
The stars that beckon, and the mists that creep,
I claim alike the singer and the song.
The ancient sphinx that guards life's riddle, I,
All hopes that triumph upward from the clod,
All deep creative powers to me belong.
Alpha, omega, in my bosom lie.
Safe in my keeping have I hidden God.

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