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The Poetical Works of George MacDonald

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But earth is now thy living picture, where Thou shadowest truth, the simple and profound By the same form in vital union bound: Where one can see but the first step of thy stair, Another sees it vanish far in air. When thy king David viewed the starry round, From heart and fingers broke the psaltery-sound: Lord, what is man, that thou shouldst mind his prayer! But when the child beholds the heavens on high, He babbles childish noises--not less dear Than what the king sang praying--to the ear Of him who made the child and king and sky. Earth is thy picture, painter great, whose eye Sees with the child, sees with the kingly seer.

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