The sun, the moon, the stars, the seas, the hills and the plains–
Are not these, O Soul, the Vision of Him who reigns?
Is not the Vision He? tho’ He be not that which He seems?
Earth, these solid stars, this weight of body and limb,
Dark is the world to thee: thyself art the reason why;
Glory about thee, without thee; and thou fulfillest thy doom
Speak to Him thou for He hears, and Spirit with Spirit can meet–
God is law, say the wise; O Soul, and let us rejoice,
Law is God, say some: no God at all, says the fool;
And the ear of man cannot hear, and the eye of man cannot see;
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