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WHEN COLDNESS WRAPS THIS
When Coldness Wraps This Suffering Clay,
Ah, whither strays the immortal mind': It cannot die, it cannot stay,
But leaves its darken'd dust behind. Then, unembodied, doth it trace
By steps each planet's heavenly way? Or fill at once the realms of space,
A thing of eyes, that all survey s
Eternal, boundless, undecay'd,
A thought unseen, but seeing all, All, all in earth, or skies display'd,
Shall it survey, shall it recal:
Each fainter trace that memory he-las
In one broad glance the soul beholds,
Before Creation peopled earth,
Its eye shall roll through chaos back; And where the furthest heaven had birth,
The spirit trace its rising track. And where the future mars or makes,
Its glance dilate o'er all to be, While sun is quench'd or system breaks,
Fix'd in its own eternity.
Above or Love, Hope, Hate, or Fear,
An age shall fleet like earthly year;
VISION OF BELSHAZZAR.
A thousand bright lamps shone
A thousand cups of gold,
Jehovah's vessels hold o
In that same hour and hall,
The fingers of a hand Came forth against the wall,
And wrote as if on sand: The fingers of a man;—
A solitary hand Along the letters ran,
And traced them like a wand.
The monarch saw, and shook,
And bade no more rejoice; All bloodless wax'd his look,
And tremulous liis voice. "Let the men of lore appear,
"The wisest of the earth, "And* expound the words of fear,
"Which mar our royal mirth."