Sunrise At Pleasant View

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         Who shall describe the brave splendor of a November
         sky that this morning burst through the lattice for me,
         on my bed? According to terrestrial calculations, above
20    the horizon, in the east, there rose one rod of rainbow
         hues, crowned with an acre of eldritch ebony. Little
         by little this topmost pall, drooping over a deeply daz-
         zling sunlight, softened, grew gray, then gay, and glided
         into a glory of mottled marvels. Fleecy, faint, fairy
25    blue and golden flecks came out on a background of
         cerulean hue; while the lower lines of light kindled into
         gold, orange, pink, crimson, violet; and diamond, topaz,
         opal, garnet, turquoise, and sapphire spangled the gloom
         in celestial space as with the brightness of His glory.
30    Then thought I, What are we, that He who fashions for-

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1      ever such forms and hues of heaven, should move our
         brush or pen to paint frail fairness or to weave a web
         of words that glow with gladdening gleams of God, so
         unapproachable, and yet so near and full of radiant relief
5      in clouds and darkness!

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