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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919). Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse. 1903.

By John Keble (1792–1866)

The Voice of Nature

SIN is with man at morning break,
  And through the livelong day
Deafens the ear that fain would wake
  To Nature’s simple lay.
But when eve’s silent footfall steals        5
  Along the eastern sky,
And one by one to earth reveals
  Those purer fires on high,
When one by one each human sound
  Dies on the awful ear,        10
Then Nature’s voice no more is drown’d,
  She speaks, and we must hear.
Then pours she on the Christian heart
  That warning still and deep,
At which high spirits of old would start        15
  Even from their Pagan sleep,
Just guessing, through their murky blind
  Few, faint, and baffling sight,
Streaks of a brighter heaven behind,
  A cloudless depth of light.        20