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What deep wounds ever closed without a scar?
Silence, but not submission: in his lair
Fix'd Passion holds his breath, until the hour Which shall atone for years; none need despair:
it cometh, and will come,
It came, To punish or forgive
- in one we shall be slower.
Clear, placid Leman! thy contrasted lake,
With the wild world I dwelt in, is a thing
To waft me from distraction; once I loved
It is the hush of night, and all between
There breathes a living fragrance from the shore,
He is an evening reveller, who makes
Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven!
That in our aspirations to be great,
Our destinies o'erlaep their mortal state,
A beauty and a mystery, and create
In us such love and reverence from afar,
That fortune, fame, power, life, have named themselves a star.
All heaven and earth are still-though not in sleep, But breathless, as we grow when feeling most; And silent, as we stand in thoughts too deep. All heaven and earth are still: From the high host Of stars, to the lull'd lake and mountain-coast, All is concentered in a life intense, Where not a beam, nor air, nor leaf is lost, But hath a part of being, and a sense Of that which is of all Creator and defence.
Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt
In solitude, where we are least alone;
A truth, which through our being then doth melt
The soul and source of music, which makes known
Binding all things with beauty; 'twould disarm The spectre Death, had he substantial power to harm.
Not vainly did the early Persian make His altar the high places and the peak Of earth-o'ergazing mountains, 20 and thus take A fit and unwall'd temple, there to seek The Spirit, in whose honour shrines are weak, Uprear'd of human hands. Come, and compare Columns and idol-dwellings, Goth or Greek, With Nature's realms of worship, earth and air, Nor fix on fond abodes to circumscribe thy prayer!
The sky is changed!
And storm, and darkness, ye are wondrous strong,
and such a change! Oh
And this is in the night: Most glorious night!
And the big rain comes dancing to the earth!