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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
VII. Death: Immortality: Heaven
John Keble (1792–1866)
From “Stars”

MORE and more stars! behold yon hazy arch
    Spanning the vault on high,
By planets traversed in majestic march,
    Seeming to earth’s dull eye
A breath of gleaming air: but take thou wing        5
    Of Faith and upward spring:—
Into a thousand stars the misty light
Will part; each star a world with its own day and night.
Not otherwise of yonder Saintly host
    Upon the glorious shore        10
Deem thou. He marks them all, not one is lost;
    By name He counts them o’er.
Full many a soul, to man’s dim praise unknown,
    May on its glory throne
As brightly shine, and prove as strong in prayer        15
As theirs, whose separate beams shoot keenest thro’ this air.

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