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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Lydia Maria Child (1802–1880)

The Cloister

THOUGHT never knew material bound or place,

Nor footsteps may the roving fancy trace:

Peace cannot learn beneath a roof to house,

Nor cloister hold us safe within our vows.

The cloistered heart may brave the common air,

And the world’s children breathe the holiest prayer:

Build for us, Lord, and in thy temple reign!

Watch with us, Lord, our watchman wakes in vain!