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God and the Celestial Hierarchies
Beatrice's Discourse of the Creation of the Angels, and of the Fall of Lucifer.
The Tenth Heaven, or Empyrean. The River of Light. - The Two Courts
LIFT mine eyes, and all the windows blaze
With forms of Saints and holy men who died,
And the great Rose upon its leaves displays
And Beatrice again at Dante's side
No more rebukes, but smiles her words of praise.
And then the organ sounds, and unseen choirs
Sing the old Latin hymns of peace and love
And benedictions of the Holy Ghost;
And the melodious bells among the spires
O'er all the house-tops and through heaven above
Proclaim the elevation of the Host!
STAR of morning and of liberty!
O bringer of the light, whose splendor shines
Forerunner of the day that is to be!
The voices of the city and the sea,
The voices of the mountains and the pines,
Are footpaths for the thought of Italy!
In their own language hear thy wondrous word,