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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
The Presence
By Jones Very (1813–1880)
I SIT within my room, and joy to find
That Thou who always lov’st art with me here,
That I am never left by Thee behind,
But by thyself Thou keep’st me ever near;
The fire burns brighter when with Thee I look,        5
And seems a kinder servant sent to me;
With gladder heart I read Thy holy book,
Because Thou art the eyes by which I see;
This aged chair, that table, watch and door
Around in ready service ever wait;        10
Nor can I ask of Thee a menial more
To fill the measure of my large estate,
For Thou thyself, with all a father’s care,
Where’er I turn, art ever with me there.

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