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Unclad herself in haste; adown the stair
Then she rode forth, clothed on with chastity:
Then she rode back, clothed on with chastity :
One after one : but even then she gain'd
THE TWO VOICES,
A STILL small voice spake unto me,
Then to the still small voice I said ; “Let me not cast in endless shade What is so wonderfully made.”
To which the voice did urge reply ;
“An inner impulse rent the veil
“He dried his wings : like gauze they grew : Thro' crofts and pastures wet with dew A living flash of light he flew.”
I said, “When first the world began,
“She gave him mind, the lordliest Proportion, and, above the rest, Dominion in the head and breast.”
Thereto the silent voice replied ; “Self-blinded are you by your pride : Look up thro' night : the world is wide.
“This truth within thy mind rehearse,
“Think you this mould of hopes and fears Could find no statelier than his peers In yonder hundred million spheres ?”
It spake, moreover, in my mind :
Then did my response clearer fall : “No compound of this earthly ball Is like another, all in all.”
To which he answer'd scoffingly;
“Or will one beam be less intense,
I would have said, “Thou canst not know,”
Again the voice spake unto me : “Thou art so steep'd in misery, Surely 'twere better not to be.
“Thine anguish will not let thee sleep, Nor any train of reason keep : Thou canst not think, but thou wilt weep."
I said, “The years with change advance :
“Some turn this sickness yet might take, Ev'n yet.” But he : “What drug can make A wither'd palsy cease to shake ?"