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The Poetical Works of George MacDonald

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Men have I seen, and seen with wonderment, Noble in form, "lift upward and divine," In whom I yet must search, as in a mine, After that soul of theirs, by which they went Alive upon the earth. And I have bent Regard on many a woman, who gave sign God willed her beautiful, when he drew the line That shaped each float and fold of beauty's tent: Her soul, alas, chambered in pigmy space, Left the fair visage pitiful--inane-- Poor signal only of a coming face When from the penetrale she filled the fane!-- Possessed of thee was every form of thine, Thy very hair replete with the divine.

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