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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Cathedral
By William Congreve (1670–1729)
 
  Almeria.—It was thy fear, or else some transient wind
Whistling through hollows of this vaulted aisle:
No, all is hushed and still as death. ’Tis dreadful!
How reverend is the face of this tall pile,
Whose ancient pillars rear their marble heads        5
To bear aloft its arched and ponderous roof,
By its own weight made steadfast and immovable,
Looking tranquillity! It strikes an awe
And terror on my aching sight; the tombs
And monumental caves of death look cold,        10
And shoot a chillness to my trembling heart.
Give me thy hand, and let me hear thy voice;
Nay, quickly speak to me, and let me hear
Thy voice;—my own affrights me with its echoes.
 
 
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