The Lantern out of Doors

  • The Lantern out of Doors

  • Sometimes a lantern moves along the night,
  • That interests our eyes. And who goes there?
  • I think; where from and bound, I wonder, where,
  • With, all down darkness wide, his wading light?
  • Men go by me whom either beauty bright
  • In mould or mind or what not else makes rare:
  • They rain against our much-thick and marsh air
  • Rich beams, till death or distance buys them quite.
  • Death or distance soon consumes them: wind
  • What most I may eye after, be in at the end
  • I cannot, and out of sight is out of mind.
  • Christ minds: Christ’s interest, what to avow or amend
  • There, éyes them, heart wánts, care haúnts, foot
  • fóllows kínd,
  • Their ránsom, théir rescue, ánd first, fást, last friénd.
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