Bailey, Philip James - from Festus I - The Angel of Earth's plea for our planet
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Festus - I - Philip James Bailey
Angel of Earth.
Lord! let me not then have watched o'er it in vain.
From age to age I have hoped, from hour to hour
It would better grow, grow holier; hope so still.
Better it is than once--hath more of mind,
Freedom, good willingness;
man's more man than erst.
I love it more than ever.
Thou gavest it me as a child ward.
To me earth is as even to thee the boundless universe;
For thou couldst make another.
It is my world.
Take it not from me, Lord!
Let it be Immortal as thy love.
And altars are Holy;
and sister angels, sister orbs Hail it afar so titled.
Oh! I have seen world questioned, comforting world;
yes, seen them weep each other,
if but for one red hour eclipsed.
And of all worlds most generous was mine own,
The tenderest and the fairest.