Far from these narrow scenes of night
Far from these narrow scenes of night. Anne Steele* (1716-1778).
This was published in Steele’s Poems on Subjects, chiefly Devotional (1760), in 11 stanzas. It was preceded by ‘The Promised Land. Isaiah XXXIII. 17.’ This refers to the visionary verse which must have inspired Steele: ‘Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.’ The text in the 1780 Edition of Poems..., chiefly Devotional was:
Far from these narrow scenes of night Unbounded glories rise,And realms of infinite delight, Unknown to mortal eyes.
Fair distant land! - could mortal eyes But half its joys explore,How would our spirits long to rise, And dwell on earth no...
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