31. Angelic Guidance

ARE these the tracks of some unearthly Friend,
    His foot prints, and his vesture-skirts of light,
    Who, as I talk with men, conforms aright
Their sympathetic words, or deeds that blend
With my hid thought;—or stoops him to attend
    My doubtful-pleading grief;—or blunts the might
    Of ill I see not;—or in dreams of night
Figures the scope, in which what is will end?
Were I Christ's own, then fitly might I call
That vision real; for to the thoughtful mind
That walks with Him, He half unveils His face;
But, when on earth-stain'd souls such tokens fall,
These dare not claim as theirs what there they find,
Yet, not all hopeless, eye His boundless grace.

December 8, 1832.

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