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First Line: With downy pinion they enfold
Last Line: Where much has been forgiven.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Seba (e. Oakes), Mrs.; Oakes-smith, Elizabeth
Subject(s): Angels

WITH downy pinion they enfold
The heart surcharged with woe,
And fan with balmy wing the eye,
Whence floods of sorrow flow;
They bear in golden censers up
That sacred gift, a tear,
By which is register'd the griefs
Hearts may have suffer'd here.

No inward pang, no yearning love
Is lost to human hearts;
No anguish that the spirit feels
When bright-wing'd hope departs:
Though in the mystery of life
Discordant powers prevail,
That life itself be weariness,
And sympathy may fail;

Yet all becomes a discipline
To lure us to the sky;
And angels bear the good it brings
With fostering care on high.
Though others, weary at the watch,
May sink to toil-spent sleep,
And we are left in solitude
And agony to weep --

Yet THEY with ministering zeal
The cup of healing bring,
And bear our love and gratitude
Away on heavenly wing.
And thus the inner life is wrought,
The blending earth and heaven --
The love more earnest in its glow,
Where much has been forgiven.

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