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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
“Eternal Light!”
By Thomas Binney (1798–1874)
ETERNAL Light! Eternal Light!
  How pure the soul must be,
When, placed within Thy searching sight,
It shrinks not, but, with calm delight,
  Can live, and look on Thee!        5
The spirits that surround Thy throne
  May bear the burning bliss;
But that is surely theirs alone,
Since they have never, never known
  A fallen world like this.        10
O! how shall I, whose native sphere
  Is dark, whose mind is dim,
Before the Ineffable appear,
And on my naked spirit bear
  That uncreated beam?        15
There is a way for man to rise
  To that sublime abode:—
An offering and a sacrifice,
A Holy Spirit’s energies,
  An Advocate with God:—        20
These, these prepare us for the sight
  Of Holiness above:
The sons of ignorance and night
May dwell in the Eternal Light,
  Through the Eternal Love!        25

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