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All childhood, reverence clothed thee, undefined, As for some being of another race; Ah, not with it, departing--growing apace As years did bring me manhood's loftier mind, Able to see thy human life behind-- The same hid heart, the same revealing face-- My own dim contest settling into grace, Of sorrow, strife, and victory combined! So I beheld my God, in childhood's morn, A mist, a darkness, great, and far apart, Moveless and dim--I scarce could say Thou art: My manhood came, of joy and sadness born;-- Full soon the misty dark, asunder torn, Revealed man's glory, God's great human heart.

G.M.D. jr.

ALGIERS, April, 1857.

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