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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
XIV. This Is Thy Hour
A Quiet Soul
By John Oldham (1653–1683)
THY soul within such silent pomp did keep,
  As if humanity were lull’d asleep;
So gentle was thy pilgrimage beneath,
  Time’s unheard feet scarce make less noise,
  Or the soft journey which a planet goes.        5
Life seem’d all calm as its last breath.
  A still tranquillity so hush’d thy breast,
    As if some Halcyon were its guest,
    And there had built her nest;
  It hardly now enjoys a greater rest….        10
Go, happy Soul, ascend the joyful sky,
Joyful to shine with thy bright company….

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