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Coleridge, David Hartley - See, the blue smoke as a voiceless prayer



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Bricks without Mortar – The Selected Poems of Hartley Coleridge

See, the blue smoke as a voiceless prayer
Sole witness of a secret sacrifice
Unfolds its tardy wreaths and multiplies
Its soft chameleon breathings in the rare
Capacious ether – so it fades away,
And nought is seen beneath the pendant blue,
The undistinguishable waste of day.
So have I dreamed – oh, may the dream be true –
That praying souls are purged from mortal hue
And grow as pure as He to whom they pray

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Coleridge, David Hartley

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