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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Selected Sonnets.
II. The Alp Rose
By Henry Ellison (1811–1880)
(From “Mad Moments”)

HAST Thou not bade the Alp Rose bloom to Thee
  All-bounteous God! though mortal foot has rare
  Or never trod the eternal snows, which there
Worship Thee silently; nor curious eye
Sought in the wilderness Thy testimony?        5
  Let us not idly deem that aught in air
  Or earth is barren beauty, so it bear
A witness unto Thee; ’tis hallowed by
That thought, and has a moral beauty far
  Beyond the pomp of thrones! That lone flower might        10
Emblem true piety; which, like a star,
  Dwells ’mid a privacy of modest light,
Blessing unseen, unnoticed ’mid the glare;
  Her sole reward, the bliss of acting right.

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