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REQUIESCAT IN PACE.

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While no power of pause is given
To the inheritors of heaven;
And the holiest still are those
Who are farthest from repose,
And yet onward, onward press
To a loftier godliness ;
Still becoming, more than being,
Apprehending more than seeing,
Feeling, as from orb to orb
In their awful course they run,
How their Souls new light absorb
From the self-existing One,
Demiurgos throned above,
Mind of Mind, and Love of Love.

LORD HOUGHTON.

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HIS did not once so trouble me,
That better I could not love Thee;

But now I feel and know
That only when we love, we find
How far our hearts remain behind

The love they should bestow.

II.

While we had little care to call
On Thee, and scarcely prayed at all,

We seemed enough to pray :
But now we only think with shame,
How seldom to Thy glorious Name

Our lips their offerings pay.

GROWTH IN GRACE.

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III.

And when we gave yet slighter heed
Unto our brother's suffering need,

Our hearts reproached us then
Not half so much as now, that we
With such a careless eye can see

The woes and wants of men.

IV.

In doing is this knowledge won,
To see what yet remains undone ;

With this our pride repress,
And give us grace, a growing store,
That day by day we may do more,

And may esteem it less.

ARCHBISHOP TRENCH.

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SHRINE of God that now

Must learn itself with awe!
O heart and soul that move
Beneath a living law !
That which seem'd all the rule

Of Nature, is but part ;
A larger, deeper law

Claims also soul and heart.
The force that framed and bore us hither
Itself at once is whence and whither.

We may not hope to read

Nor comprehend the whole
Or of the law of things

Or of the law of soul :

WHENCE AND WHITHER.

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Among the eternal stars

Dim perturbations ;
And all the searchers' search

Does not exhaust the skies;
He who has framed and brought us hither
Holds in His hands the whence and whither.

He in His science plans

What no known laws foretell;
The wandering fires and fix'a

Alike are miracle :
The common death of all,

The life renew'd above,
Are both within the scheme

Of that all-encircling love;
The seeming chance that cast us hither
Accomplishes His whence and whither.

Then, though the sun go up

His beaten azure way,
God may fulfil his thought

And bless his world to-day;
Beside the law of things

The law of mind enthrone,

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