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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
VI. Weimar
By John Stuart Blackie (1809–1895)
THOU little Weimar, in the Saxon land,
All hail! With little Palestine and Greece
Well sistered, thou dost use a wide command,
And pile thy thoughtful trophies where fair Peace
Her bloodless victories tells. A common place        5
And common streets I see; but where we stand
The gods once walked; and now an humble race
Lives on the memory of that Titan band.
Such the high function of God’s elect men,—
To fill time with their presence, and inspire        10
The many with strong will, and loftier ken,
And elevate our lives with a faith higher
Than our poor selves. O Heavenly Father, give
This faith to me! By this the righteous live.

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