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LIGHT of ages and of nations!
Every race, and every time, Has received thine inspirations, Glimpses of thy truth sublime. Always spirits in rapt vision,
Passed the mystic veil within; Always hearts bowed in contrition, Found salvation from their sin.
Reason's noblest aspiration
Truth in growing clearness saw; Conscience spoke its condemnation, Or proclaimed the eternal law. While thine inward revelations
Told thy saints their rayers were heard, Prophets to the guilty nations
Spake thine everlasting word.
Lord, that word abideth ever;
Truth and right are still revealed.
Greek, Barbarian, Roman, Jew, Written in the soul's deep pages, Shines to-day, forever new!
SAMUEL LONGFELLOW, 1819-1892.