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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
Health of Body dependent on the Soul
By Jones Very (1813–1880)
NOT from the earth, or skies,
  Or seasons as they roll,
Come health and vigor to the frame,
  But from the living soul.
Is this alive to God,        5
  And not the slave to sin?
Then will the body, too, receive
  Health from the soul within.
But if disease has touched
  The spirit’s inmost part,        10
In vain we seek from outward things
  To heal the deadly smart.
The mind, the heart unchanged,
  Which clouded e’en our home,
Will make the outward world the same        15
  Where’er our feet may roam.
The fairest scenes on earth,
  The mildest, purest sky,
Will bring no vigor to the step,
  No lustre to the eye.        20
For He who formed our frame
  Made man a perfect whole,
And made the body’s health depend
  Upon the living soul.

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