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First Line: Oh thou who art the life of heaven and earth
Last Line: With dim perceptions of unknown delight.
Subject(s): Agnosticism; Religion; Theology


OH Thou, who art the life of heaven and earth,
Eternal Substance of all things that seem;
Or but the glorious phantom of a dream
That in the brain of mortal man has birth:
To know that Thou dost live were little worth,
Not knowing Thee; yet oft the heart will deem
That through its inmost deeps Thy light doth stream
Bestowing peace for grief, calm joy for mirth.

E'en thus rich music enters tuneless ears,
Tuneless, and all untrained by ordered notes;
Yet its ethereal essence inward floats,
And mingling with the secret source of tears,
Awhile endues the spirit's wistful sight
With dim perceptions of unknown delight.







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