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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Selected Sonnets. VIII. To Wordsworth

Henry Ellison (1811–1880)

(From the “Poetry of Real Life”)

THRO’ clouds and darkness to meridian height

Of glory, thou hast upward climbed, and now

In empyrean blue, with cloudless brow

Look’st o’er a prospect clear and infinite—

Rejoicing by, rejoicing in, thy light!

The vapours, which at first would not allow

Full view of thee, are gone, we know not how;

Absorbed into thy splendour, and thy might!

And now, great spirit, thou unto thy close

Art hastening, and trails of glory make

The heavens gorgeous for thy repose—

Thou hast made day for all men to partake,

And having thought of others and their woes,

Shalt be remembered now for thy own sake.