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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Paradisi Gloria
By Thomas William Parsons (1819–1892)
 
[From Circum Præcordia: The Collects of the Holy Catholic Church. 1892.]

THERE is a city, builded by no hand,
  And unapproachable by sea or shore;
And unassailable by any band
  Of storming soldiery for evermore.
 
There we no longer shall divide our time        5
  By acts or pleasures,—doing petty things
Of work or warfare, merchandise or rhyme;
  But we shall sit beside the silver springs
 
That flow from God’s own footstool, and behold
  Sages and martyrs, and those blessed few        10
Who loved us once and were beloved of old,
  To dwell with them and walk with them anew,
 
In alternations of sublime repose,—
  Musical motion,—the perpetual play
Of every faculty that Heaven bestows        15
  Through the bright, busy, and eternal day.
 
 
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