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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
 
Truth
By Eliza Scudder (1821–1896)
 
THOU long disowned, reviled, opprest,
  Strange friend of human kind,
Seeking through weary years a rest
  Within our heart to find.
 
How late thy bright and awful brow        5
  Breaks through these clouds of sin!
Hail, Truth Divine! we know thee now,
  Angel of God, come in!
 
Come, though with purifying fire
  And desolating sword,        10
Thou of all nations the desire,
  Earth waits Thy cleansing word.
 
Struck by the lightning of Thy glance
  Let old oppressions die!
Before Thy cloudless countenance        15
  Let fear and falsehood fly!
 
Anoint our eyes with healing grace
  To see as ne’er before
Our Father, in our brother’s face,
  Our Master, in his poor.        20
 
Flood our dark life with golden day!
  Convince, subdue, enthrall!
Then to a mightier yield Thy sway,
  And Love be all in all!
 
 
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