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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Hymns.
VI. “O pleasant life!”
By Sarah Flower Adams (1805–1848)
 
(Paraphrased from the Spanish of Luis de Leon)

    O PLEASANT life!
Whene’er the soul can win her way
From out the world’s dark strife;
    And fly to depths fair-haunted
    By spirits who have panted        5
To quit earth’s shadows for immortal day—
        O pleasant life!
 
    O happy breast!
Nor care of courts, nor pride of birth,
Can ruffle thy smooth rest;        10
    No scene of gilded riot
    Disturbs thy star-lit quiet
Nor dims thy dream of heaven with mists of earth.
    O happy breast!
 
      O blessèd soul!        15
  What care hast thou that flatt’ring fame
  Thy daily acts enroll?
      No breath of hers it tasketh,
      Thy life-long deed but asketh
  One smile of Truth to light thy passing name—        20
      O blessèd soul!
 
 
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