Verse > Anthologies > The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse > 87. ‘If there had anywhere’
Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
87. ‘If there had anywhere’
By Richard Chenevix Trench, Archbishop of Dublin  (1807–1886)
  IF there had anywhere appeared in space
    Another place of refuge, where to flee,
Our hearts had taken refuge in that place,
      And not with Thee.
For we against creation’s bars had beat        5
  Like prisoned eagles, through great worlds had sought
Though but a foot of ground to plant our feet,
    Where Thou wert not.
And only when we found in earth and air,
  In heaven or hell, that such might nowhere be—       10
That we could not flee from Thee anywhere,
    We fled to Thee.



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