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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. Angelic Visitants
By Charles Mackay (1814–1889)
ON Mamre’s plain, beside the Patriarch’s door,
  The ministering angels sat; the world was young,
And men beheld what they behold no more;—
  Ah, no! The harps of Heaven are not unstrung!
The angelic visitants may yet appear        5
  To those who seek them! Lo! at Virtue’s side,
  Its friend, its prop, its solace, and its guide,
Walks FAITH, with upturned eyes and voice of cheer,
A visible angel. Lo! at Sorrow’s call,
  HOPE hastens down, an angel fair and kind,        10
And whispers comfort whatsoe’er befall;
  While CHARITY, the seraph of the mind,
White-robed and pure, becomes each good man’s guest,
And makes this Earth a Heaven to all who love her best.

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