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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Hymn to the Sun
By Frederik Paludan-Müller (1809–1876)
 
From ‘Kalanus’: Translation of William Morton Payne

HAIL to thee in thy uprising bright,
  Sun, of all believing souls adored;
  Conqueror by thy flaming splendor poured
Over all the darkness of the night.
Welcome, heaven’s great watchman, to our sight;        5
  Brahma’s servant, to thy master proffer
  This our prayer, which here our lips do offer,
And our praise of his eternal might.
 
Wake the tired heart from slothful sleep
  And dispel the shadows of the soul.        10
  As thou dost upon thy pathway roll,
Bear us also upward from the deep.
Be our minds uplifted that they keep
  Thee in view, while ever mounting higher
  Toward the light to which our souls aspire        15
From the gloom in which on earth they creep.
 
 
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