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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
The Love of God
By Eliza Scudder (1821–1896)
THOU Grace Divine, encircling all,
  A soundless, shoreless sea
Wherein at last our souls must fall!—
  O Love of God most free!
When over dizzy heights we go,        5
  One soft hand blinds our eyes,
The other leads us, safe and slow,—
  O Love of God most wise!
And though we turn us from Thy face,
  And wander wide and long,        10
Thou hold’st us still in Thine embrace,—
  O Love of God most strong!
The saddened heart, the restless soul,
  The toil-worn frame and mind,
Alike confess Thy sweet control,—        15
  O Love of God most kind!
But not alone Thy care we claim,
  Our wayward steps to win:
We know Thee by a dearer name,—
  O Love of God within!        20
And filled and quickened by Thy breath,
  Our souls are strong and free
To rise o’er sin and fear and death,
  O Love of God, to Thee!

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