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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
111. From ‘The Eternal Word’
By Frederick William Faber  (1814–1863)
  
I

AMID the eternal silences
      God’s endless Word was spoken;
None heard but He who always spake,
  And the silence was unbroken.
    Oh marvellous! Oh worshipful!        5
      No song or sound is heard,
    But everywhere and every hour,
    In love, in wisdom, and in power,
The Father speaks His dear Eternal Word!
 
II

For ever in the eternal land
       10
  The glorious Day is dawning;
For ever is the Father’s Light
  Like an endless outspread morning.
    Oh marvellous! Oh worshipful!
      No song or sound is heard,       15
    But everywhere and every hour,
    In love, in wisdom, and in power,
The Father speaks His dear Eternal Word!
 
III

From the Father’s vast tranquillity,
  In light co-equal glowing       20
The kingly consubstantial Word
  Is unutterably flowing.
    Oh marvellous! Oh worshipful!
      No song or sound is heard,
    But everywhere and every hour,       25
    In love, in wisdom, and in power,
The Father speaks His dear Eternal Word!
 
IV

For ever climbs that Morning Star
  Without ascent or motion;
For ever is its daybreak shed       30
  On the Spirit’s boundless ocean.
    Oh marvellous! Oh worshipful!
      No song or sound is heard,
    But everywhere and every hour,
    In love, in wisdom, and in power,       35
The Father speaks His dear Eternal Word!

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