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A Victorian Scrapbook

A Scrapbook of Newspaper Articles Compiled by George Burgess (1829-1905)

Victorian Poetry

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ADVANCE.

God bade the Sun with golden step sublime

Advance!

He whispered in the listening ear of Time,

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He bade the guiding spirit of the stars,
With lightening speed, in silver shining ears,
Along the bright floor of his azure hall,

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Sun, Stars, and Time obey the voice, and all

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The river at its babbling fountain cries,

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The clouds proclaim, like heralds through the skies,

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Throughout the world the mighty Master’s laws
Allow not one brief moment’s idle pause.
The earth is full of life, the swelling seeds

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And summer hours, like flowery harness’s steeds,

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To man’s most wondrous hand, the same voice cried,

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Go clear the woods, and o’er the bounding tide

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Go draw the marble from its secret bed,
And make the cedar bend its giant head;
Let domes and columns through the wandering air

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The world, O man, is thine! But woldst thou share,

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Onto the soul of man, the same voice spoke,

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From out the chaos thunder-like it broke,

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Go track the comet in its wheeling race,
And drag the lightening from its hiding-place,
From out the night of ignorance and fear

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For Love and Hope, borne by the coming year,

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All heard, and some obeyed the great command,

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It passed along from listening land to land,

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The strong grew stronger, and the weak grew strong
As passed the war-cry of the world along –

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Awake! Ye nations, know your powers and rights,

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Through Hope and Work to Freedom’s new delights,

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Knowledge came down, and waved her steady torch,

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