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The Seraph and the Poet

The Seraph and the Poet

THE seraph sings before the manifest
God-One, and in the burning of the Seven,
And with the full life of consummate
Heaving beneath him like a mother’s
Warm with her first-born’s slumber in that
The poet sings upon the earth grave-riven,
Before the naughty world, soon self-forgiven
For wronging him, and in the darkness prest
From his own soul by worldly weights.
Even so,
Sing, seraph with the glory! heaven is high;
Sing, poet with the sorrow! earth is low:
The universe’s inward voices cry
‘ Amen ‘ to either song of joy and woe:
Sing, seraph, poet, sing on equally!



Poem The Seraph and the Poet - Elizabeth Barrett Browning