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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Spiritual Passion
By George Barlow (1847–1914?)
I FEEL towards God just as a woman might
Who hears her lord praised by the adoring crowd:
  Who hears them hymn his strength with paean loud—
His glory in thought or speech, his force in fight.
She knows him better. Thro’ the silent night        5
  She has watch’d his face beneath keen sorrow bow’d;
Him she has cherish’d with embraces white;
  She has kiss’d the lips that seem to men so proud.
She cannot fear: she loves. She can but smile
  That men should dread like some disastrous wand        10
His sceptre wielded o’er the people, while
  She knows the sea-deep love that lies beyond.
She trusts her lord without one thought of guile,
  Knowing her union holier and more fond.

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