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CAMPUS ETCHING, by            
First Line: The chapel tower that lifts against the sky
Last Line: Rapt in high song and austere orisons.
Subject(s): Churches; Religion; Singing & Singers; Soul; Cathedrals; Theology


The chapel tower that lifts against the sky,
Conceals a carillon beneath its rim,
Where anthems from the belfry pealing, hymn
Sonorously through arches cool and high.
The organ's thunder hushes to a sigh
Down splendid aisles where walls off-set and grim,
Lead back to windows faceted and dim,
Soothing the soul, and grateful to the eye.

Lost in the tremolo of song, I dream
Long dreams of high-born ladies coifed and fair;
Of stern crusaders and the white-faced nuns
Serene and gravely penitent. I seem
Transported with the hosts foregathered there,—
Rapt in high song and austere orisons.





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