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Prayer (I)

Prayer the Church’s banquet, Angel’s age,
     God’s breath in man returning to his birth,
     The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,
The Christian plummet sounding heav’n and earth;

Engine against the’ Almighty, sinner’s tow’r,
     Reversed thunder, Christ-side-piercing spear,
     The six-days world-transposing in an hour,
A kind of tune, which all things hear and fear;

Softness, and peace, and joy, and love and bliss,
     Exalted manna, gladness of the best,
     Heaven in ordinary, man well dressed,
The Milky Way, the bird of paradise,

     Church-bells beyond the stears heard, the soul’s blood,
     The land of spices; something understood.

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