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|After a Parting|
Farewell has long been said; I have foregone thee;|
I never name thee even.
But how shall I learn virtues and yet shun thee?
For thou art so near Heaven
That Heavenward meditations pause upon thee.
Thou dost beset the path to every shrine;|
My trembling thoughts discern
Thy goodness in the good for which I pine;
And, if I turn from but one sin, I turn
Unto a smile of thine.
How shall I thrust thee apart|
Since all my growth tends to thee night and day
To thee faith, hope, and art?
Swift are the currents setting all one way;
They draw my life, my life, out of my heart.
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