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The Lady of La Garaye. Norton, Caroline Sheridan, 1808–1877.
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SAINT FILOMENA.

From the Atlantic Monthly.

  • Whene’er a noble deed is wrought,
  • Whene’er is spoken a noble thought,
  • Our hearts, in glad surprise,
  • To higher levels rise.

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  • The tidal wave of deeper souls
  • Into our inmost being rolls,
  • And lifts us unawares
  • Out of all meaner cares.
  • Honour to those whose words or deeds
  • Thus help us in our daily needs,
  • And by their overflow
  • Raise us from what is low!
  • Thus thought I, as by night I read
  • Of the great army of the dead,
  • The trenches cold and damp,
  • The starved and frozen camp—
  • The wounded from the battle‐plain,
  • In dreary hospitals of pain,
  • The cheerless corridors,
  • The cold and stony floors.
  • Lo! in that house of misery
  • A lady with a lamp I see
  • Pass through the glimmering gloom,
  • And flit from room to room.
  • And slow, as in a dream of bliss,
  • The speechless sufferer turns to kiss
  • Her shadow, as it falls
  • Upon the darkening walls.

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  • As if a door in heaven should be
  • Opened, and then closed suddenly,
  • The vision came and went,
  • The light shone and was spent.
  • On England’s annals, through the long
  • Hereafter of her speech and song,
  • That light its rays shall cast
  • From portals of the past.
  • A lady with a lamp shall stand
  • In the great history of the land,
  • A noble type of good,
  • Heroic womanhood.
  • Nor even shall be wanting here
  • The palm, the lily and the spear,
  • The symbols that of yore
  • Saint FILOMENA bore.
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