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First Line: The sanctuary made for me
Last Line: Rememberings.

The sanctuary made for me
Is broken, wall and roof and stone;
And where we stood, with oath to oath,
I stand alone.

For now that love's dear things have ceased, --
The past outlived is more than dead, --
The stained glass splinters into points,
And pierces red.

It is like solemn candles -- out,
A crucifix that is all cross;
A bell whose silence rings and rings
To just a loss.

The rosary of faith to faith
Has broken slowly all its beads;
It is as if the soul of me
Disowned its creeds.

And nave and transept, arch and aisle,
Are ruins; yet my feet must go:
But where stood corner-stone and spire
I do not know.

The prayers and altars answer not
No more my name, no more my things;
Instead of bread and wine, there are

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