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  Let The Light Enter  

 

The dying words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

"Light! more light! the shadows deepen,
     And my life is ebbing low,
Throw the windows widely open:
     Light! more light! before I go.

"Softly let the balmy sunshine
     Play around my dying bed,
E'er the dimly lighted valley
     I with lonely feet must tread.

"Light! more light! for Death is weaving
     Shadows 'round my waning sight,
And I fain would gaze upon him
     Through a stream of earthly light."

Not for greater gifts of genius;
     Not for thoughts more grandly bright,
All the dying poet whispers
     Is a prayer for light, more light.

Heeds he not the gathered laurels,
     Fading slowly from his sight;
All the poet's aspirations
     Centre in that prayer for light.

Gracious Saviour, when life's day-dreams
     Melt and vanish from the sight,
May our dim and longing vision
     Then be blessed with light, more light.

       - Frances E. W. Harper


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