Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. IV. The Higher Life
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
IV. Sabbath: Worship: Creed
Sunday Morning Bells
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826–1887)
FROM the near city comes the clang of bells:
Their hundred jarring diverse tones combine
In one faint misty harmony, as fine
As the soft note yon winter robin swells.
What if to Thee in thine infinity        5
These multiform and many-colored creeds
Seem but the robe man wraps as masquers’ weeds
Round the one living truth them givest him—Thee?
What if these varied forms that worship prove,
Being heart-worship, reach thy perfect ear        10
But as a monotone, complete and clear,
Of which the music is, through Christ’s name, love?
Forever rising in sublime increase
To “Glory in the highest,—on earth peace”?

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