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First Line: I thought I heard him calling! Did you hear
Last Line: Adam, where art thou?
Subject(s): Adam & Eve; Bible


I thought I heard Him calling! Did you hear
A sound! a little sound!
My curious ear
Is dinned with flying noises; and the tree
Goes -- whisper, whisper, whisper, silently,
Till all its whispers spread into the sound
Of a dull roar....

-- Lie closer to the ground:
The shade is deep, and He may pass us by,
We are so very small, and His great eye,
Customed to starry majesties, may gaze
Too wide to spy us hiding in the maze:

-- Ah, misery! The sun has not yet gone,
And we are naked! He will look upon
Our crouching shame! May make us stand upright,
Burning in terror -- O that it were night -- !
He may not come ... What! Listen!
Listen now --
He's here! Lie closer...
Adam, where art thou?





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