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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Of Such Is the Kingdom of Heaven
By Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837–1909)
 
“OF such is the kingdom of heaven:”
  No glory that ever was shed
From the crowning star of the seven
  That crown the north world’s head,
 
No word that ever was spoken        5
  Of human or godlike tongue,
Gave ever such godlike token
  Since human harps were strung.
 
No sign that ever was given
  To faithful or faithless eyes,        10
Showed ever beyond clouds riven
  So clear a Paradise.
 
Earth’s creeds may be seventy times seven,
  And blood have defiled each creed:
If of such be the kingdom of heaven,        15
  It must be heaven indeed.
 
 
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