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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
The Celestial Passion
By Richard Watson Gilder (1844–1909)
O WHITE and midnight sky, O starry bath,
  Wash me in thy pure, heavenly, crystal flood;
  Cleanse me, ye stars, from earthly soil and scath—
  Let not one taint remain in spirit or blood!
Receive my soul, ye burning, awful deeps;        5
  Touch and baptize me with the mighty power
  That in ye thrills, while the dark planet sleeps;
  Make me all yours for one blest, secret hour!
O glittering host, O high angelic choir,
  Silence each tone that with thy music jars;        10
  Fill me even as an urn with thy white fire
Till all I am is kindred to the stars!
  Make me thy child, thou infinite, holy night,—
  So shall my days be full of heavenly light!

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