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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
 
The Word of God
By William Channing Gannett (1840–1923)
 
IT sounds along the ages,
  Soul answering to soul;
It kindles on the pages
  Of every Bible scroll;
The psalmists heard and sang it,        5
  From martyr-lips it broke,
And prophet-tongues outrang it
  Till sleeping nations woke.
 
From Sinai’s cliffs it echoed,
  It breathed from Buddha’s tree,        10
It charmed in Athens’ market,
  It gladdened Galilee;
The hammer-stroke of Luther,
  The Pilgrims’ seaside prayer,
The oracles of Concord,        15
  One holy Word declare.
 
It dates each new ideal,—
  Itself it knows not time:
Man’s laws but catch the music
  Of its eternal chime.        20
It calls—and lo, new Justice!
  It speaks—and lo, new Truth!
In ever nobler stature
  And unexhausted youth.
 
It everywhere arriveth;        25
  Recks not of small and great;
It shapes the unborn atom,
  It tells the sun its fate.
The wingbeat of archangel
  Its boundary never nears:        30
Forever on it soundeth
  The music of the spheres!
 
 
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