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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
II. “Beneath this starry arch”
By Harriet Martineau (1802–1876)
 
BENEATH this starry arch
  Nought resteth or is still;
But all things hold their march,
  As if by one great will:
    Moves one, move all:        5
    Hark to the footfall!
      On, on, for ever!
 
Yon sheaves were once but seed:
Will ripens into deed.
As cave-drops swell the streams,        10
Day-thoughts feed nightly dreams;
And sorrow tracketh wrong,
As echo follows song.
      On, on, for ever!
 
By night, like stars on high,        15
  The hours reveal their train;
They whisper, and go by;
  I never watch in vain:
    Moves one, move all:
    Hark to the footfall!        20
      On, on, for ever!
 
They pass the cradle-head,
And there a promise shed;
They pass the moist new grave,
And bid rank verdure wave;        25
They bear through every clime
The harvests of all time,
      On, on, for ever!
 
 
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