Henry O'Meara Ballads of America

Fortunati ambo si quid mea
carmina possunt. ÆNEID
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LET NOT THY FACE AVERTED BE

LET not Thy face averted be,
   Though ours for sin have swerved from Thee-
    Thy love, 0 Lord, unprized -
Nor turn with eyes upbraiding more,
But glance forgiving as before
   On hearts now agonized!
 
O beam benignant once again
On fleeting lives and wills of men
   In Passion's ruffling view -
Where murky waves in currents fierce
Repel faint lights that strive to pierce,
   May Thine come changeless through!
 
O face illumed of Olivet, shine -
Full in the radiance Divine
   Thy light transmuting pour -
That on dimmed souls Thy rays may rest,
As on Veronica's Veil impressed,
   Avert Thee nevermore!
 
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THE HIGHER VISION CONTENTS O ESCA VIATORUM!

 

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