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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
The Image of God
By Francisco de Aldana (1537?–1578)
Translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

O LORD! that seest, from yon starry height,
  Centred in one the future and the past,
  Fashioned in thine own image, see how fast
  The world obscures in me what once was bright!
Eternal Sun! the warmth which thou hast given        5
  To cheer life’s flowery April, fast decays;
  Yet, in the hoary winter of my days,
  For ever green shall be my trust in Heaven.
Celestial King! O let thy presence pass
  Before my spirit, and an image fair        10
  Shall meet that look of mercy from on high,
As the reflected image in a glass
  Doth meet the look of him who seeks it there,
  And owes its being to the gazer’s eye.

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