But glory went that glory more might come.
Behold a countless multitude--no less! A host of faces, me besieging, dumb
In the lone castle of my mournfulness!
Had then my mother given the word I sent, Gathering my dear ones from the shining press?
And had these others their love-aidance lent
For full assurance of the pardon prayed? Would they concentre love, with sweet intent,
On my self-love, to blast the evil shade?
Ah, perfect vision! pledge of endless hope! Oh army of the holy spirit, arrayed
In comfort's panoply! For words I grope--
For clouds to catch your radiant dawn, my own, And tell your coming! From the highest cope
Of blue, down to my roof-breach came a cone
Of faces and their eyes on love's will borne, Bright heads down-bending like the forward blown,
Heavy with ripeness, golden ears of corn,
By gentle wind on crowded harvest-field, All gazing toward my prison-hut forlorn
As if with power of eyes they would have healed
My troubled heart, making it like their own In which the bitter fountain had been sealed,
And the life-giving water flowed alone!