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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
 
The Church Universal
By Samuel Longfellow (1819–1892)
 
[Born in Portland, Me., 1819. Died there, 1892. Hymns of the Spirit. 1864.]

ONE holy Church of God appears
  Through every age and race,
Unwasted by the lapse of years,
  Unchanged by changing place.
 
From oldest time, on farthest shores,        5
  Beneath the pine or palm,
One Unseen Presence she adores,
  With silence or with psalm.
 
Her priests are all God’s faithful sons,
  To serve the world raised up;        10
The pure in heart her baptized ones,—
  Love, her communion-cup.
 
The truth is her prophetic gift,
  The soul her sacred page;
And feet on mercy’s errands swift        15
  Do make her pilgrimage.
 
O living Church! thine errand speed;
  Fulfil thy task sublime;
With bread of life earth’s hunger feed;
  Redeem the evil time!        20
 
 
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