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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Benedicite (Selected Rondels).
III. “Lightnings and Clouds”
By Richard Wilton (1827–1903)
 
O ye Lightnings and Clouds, bless ye the Lord; praise Him and magnify Him for ever.

LIGHTNINGS and Clouds, in praise of Him
  Unfurl your banners in the sky:
  Ye Lightnings, let your pennons fly,
Illumining the midnight dim,
Till all the landscape seems to swim        5
  In fire, before the dazzled eye:
Lightnings and Clouds, in praise of Him,
  Unfurl your banners in the sky.
 
Ye Clouds, upon the ocean’s brim,
  In sunset-hues your streamers dye;        10
  Your gold and crimson wave on high
And beautify the horizon’s rim:
Lightnings and Clouds, in praise of Him,
  Unfurl your banners in the sky.
 
 
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