NEWS from a foreign country came
As if my treasure and my wealth lay there;
So much it did
my heart inflame,
Twas wont to call my Soul into mine ear;
Which thither went to meet
And on the threshold stood
To entertain the unknown Good.
It hoverd there
As if twould leave mine
And was so eager to embrace
The joyful tidings as they came,
Twould almost leave its dwelling-place
entertain that same.
As if the tidings were the things,
My very joys themselves, my foreign treasure
Or else did
bear them on their wings
With so much joy they came, with so much pleasure.
My Soul stood at that
Itself with bliss, and to
Be pleased with speed. A fuller view
It fain would take,
back would make
Unto my heart; as if twould fain
Go out to meet, yet stay within
To fit a place to entertain
bring the tidings in.
What sacred instinct did inspire
My soul in childhood with a hope so strong?
force moved my desire
To expect my joys beyond the seas, so young?
Felicity I knew
Was out of view,
being here alone,
I saw that happiness was gone
From me! For this
I thirsted absent bliss,
that sure beyond the seas,
Or else in something near at hand
I knew not yetsince naught did please
knewmy Bliss did stand.
But little did the infant dream
That all the treasures of the world were by:
And that himself was
so the cream
And crown of all which round about did lie.
Yet thus it was: the Gem,
That stood upon this earthly ball,
The Heavenly eye,
Much wider than the sky,
all included were,
The glorious Soul, that was the King
Made to possess them, did appear
A small and
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