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William Wordsworth
Complete Poetical Works

ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

XLVI

EJACULATION

GLORY to God! and to the Power who came
In filial duty, clothed with love divine,
That made his human tabernacle shine
Like Ocean burning with purpureal flame;
Or like the Alpine Mount, that takes its name
From roseate hues, far kenned at morn and even
In hours of peace, or when the storm is driven
Along the nether region's rugged frame!
Earth prompts--Heaven urges; let us seek the light,
Studious of that pure intercourse begun
When first our infant brows their lustre won;
So, like the Mountain, may we grow more bright
From unimpeded commerce with the Sun,
At the approach of all-involving night.

NOTE

8 'Or like the Alpine Mount, that takes its name
From roseate hues,' etc.

Some say that Monte Rosa takes its name from a belt of rock at
its summit--a very unpoetical and scarcely a probable supposition.