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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR ON THE CONTINENT, 1820

VII. IN THE CATHEDRAL AT COLOGNE

          O FOR the help of Angels to complete
          This Temple--Angels governed by a plan
          Thus far pursued (how gloriously!) by Man,
          Studious that HE might not disdain the seat
          Who dwells in heaven! But that aspiring heat
          Hath failed; and now, ye Powers! whose gorgeous wings
          And splendid aspect yon emblazonings
          But faintly picture, 'twere an office meet
          For you, on these unfinished shafts to try
          The midnight virtues of your harmony:--                     10
          This vast design might tempt you to repeat
          Strains that call forth upon empyreal ground
          Immortal Fabrics, rising to the sound
          Of penetrating harps and voices sweet!


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