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Thomas Parnell: Lovely, lasting peace, appear!

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Thomas Parnell
From Hymn to Contentment

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No real happiness is found
In trailing purple o’er the ground;
Or in a soul exalted high
To range the circuit of the sky,
Converse with stars above, and know
All Nature in its forms below —
The rest it seeks, in seeking dies,
And doubts at last, for knowledge, rise.

Lovely, lasting peace, appear!
This world itself, if thou art here,
Is once again with Eden blest,
And man contains it in his breast.

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