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Round the half-glimpsed turrets slowly THE KINGDOM OF GOD wash again – (1908) But not ere him who summoneth I first have seen, enwound “In no Strange Land” Wi - - - - - ith . robes purpureal, so O world invisible, we view thee; His name I know, and what his trumpet O world intangible, we touch thee; saith. O world unknowable, we know lee. Whether man's heart or life it be which Inapprehensible, we clutch thee! yields -Thee harvest, must Thy harvest fields Does the fish soar to find the ocean, 5

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The eagle plunge to find the air —
That we ask of the stars in motion
If they have rumor of thee there?

Not where the wheeling systems darken,
And our benumbed conceiving soars! —

The drift of pinions, would we hearken, 11
Beats at our own clay-shuttered doors.

The angels keep their ancient places —
Turn but a stone, and start a wing!

'Tis ye, ’tis your estranged faces 15
That miss the many-splendored thing.

But (when so sad thou canst not sadder)
Cry — and upon thy so sore loss
Shall shine the traffic of Jacob's ladder
Pitched betwixt Heaven and Charing
Cross. 20

Yea, in the night, my Soul, my daughter,
Cry, — clinging heaven by the hems:

And lo, Christ walking on the water,
Not of Gennesareth, but Thames!

THOMAS HARDY

(1840- ) NATURE'S QUESTIONING (1898)

When I look forth at dawning, —pool,
Field, flock, and lonely tree,
All seem to gaze at me
Like chastened children sitting silent in a
school;

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