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The chain of being is complete in me;
In me is matter's last gradation lost, And the next step is spirit - Deity!
I can command the lightning, and am dust! A monarch- and a slave! a worm a god!
Whence came I here, and how so marvelously Constructed and conceived ! Unknown! This clod
Lives surely through some higher energy;
Creator, yes: thy wisdom and thy word
Created me! Thou Source of life and good! Thou Spirit of my spirit, and my Lord !
Thy light, thy love, in their bright plénitude, Filled me with an immortal soul, to spring
Over the abyss of death, and băde it wear
Its heavenly flight beyond this little sphere,
0, thought ineffable! 0, vision blest!
Though worthless our conceptions all of thee,
And waft its homage to thy Deity.
Thus seek thy presence, Being wise and good !
From the Russian of GABRIEL R. DERZHAVINE,