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At The Church Gate
by [?]


Although I enter not,
Yet round about the spot
Ofttimes I hover:
And near the sacred gate,
With longing eyes I wait,
Expectant of her.

The Minster bell tolls out
Above the city’s rout,
And noise and humming:
They’ve hush’d the Minster bell:
The organ ‘gins to swell:
She’s coming, she’s coming!

My lady comes at last,
Timid, and stepping fast,
And hastening hither,
With modest eyes downcast:
She comes–she’s here–she’s past–
May heaven go with her!

Kneel, undisturb’d, fair Saint!
Pour out your praise or plaint
Meekly and duly;
I will not enter there,
To sully your pure prayer
With thoughts unruly.

But suffer me to pace
Round the forbidden place,
Lingering a minute
Like outcast spirits who wait
And see through heaven’s gate
Angels within it.