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"Songs by the Way"
The Poetical Writings of the Right Rev. George Washington Doane, D.D., LL.D.

Arranged and Edited by His Son, William Croswell Doane

New York: D. Appleton, 1860.


THIS placid lake, my gentle girl,
     Be emblem of thy life,
As full of peace, and purity,
     As free from care and strife;
No ripple, on its tranquil breast,
     That dies not, with the day;
No pebble, in its darkest depths,
     But quivers, in its ray.

And see, bow every glorious form,
     And pageant of the skies,
Reflected, from its glassy face,
     A mirrored image lies;
So be thy spirit, ever pure,
     To God, to virtue, given;
And thought, and word, and action, bear
     The imagery of Heaven.


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