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LYRICS

OF THE HEART AND MIND.

These Days.

I.

HASTE! the poor old Earth is dying,

Do GOD service while you can;

Haste! too hurriedly is flying

All this halcyon chance of man ;

Haste! for Time shall be no longer;

All Creation seems to tend

In a rapid ever stronger

To that cataract, The End!

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II.

Lo! the cycled years revolving

Turn to their first goal again,—

Every Sphynx-enigma solving,

Every riddle reading plain;

All things speak to man sublimely
With Apocalyptic mouth,

Nature's consummation timely

Telling out from North to South!

III.

Yea, what privilege and gladness

Dwell with modern men and things,

Vainly waited for in sadness

By old prophets and old kings!

Children see what sages doubted,

Peasants know what patriarchs guess'd,

And the sword of Truth has routed

Every lie from East to West,

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