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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
The Soul’s Home
By Ann Collins (c. 1650)
SUCH is the force of each created thing
That it no solid happiness can bring,
Which to our minds can give contentment sound;
For, like as Noah’s dove no succour found,
Till she return’d to him that sent her out,        5
Just so, the soul in vain may seek about
For rest or satisfaction any where,
Save in his presence who hath sent her here;
Yea though all earthly glories should unite
Their pomp and splendour to give such delight,        10
Yet could they no more sound contentment bring
Than star-light can make grass or flowers spring.

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