University of Virginia Library

Search this document 

a web of many textures

expand section 
expand section 


Look up, and let your ravished eyes unfold
In purer airs than these terrestrial mists;
Embrace the firmament above unrolled,
And sun and stars, God's bright evangelists; —
Look upward, and the heavenly light will pour
Down in your soul, and cheer it with its ray,
As, through the sun's sweet effluence, the flower
Unfolds to beautify and bless the day.
Look up, and thus the earth-environed soul
May get a glimpse of the pellucid stars,
As prisoners held by outraged law's control
Catch day's bright glories through their dungeon bars.
But where those masons make the mortar fly,
'T were best then to “look out,” and “mind your eye.”