Mine and Thine (1904)/As from Afar

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AS FROM AFAR

To see thee, hear thee, wistful watch I keep—
 Mother, who in immensity dost dwell—
A child who listens for the boundless deep,
 Her ear against a shell:


And vainly though I seek thy face to scan,
 Lost in the vasty temple where thou art,
Faint breathings of thy voice æolian
 Vibrate against my heart.