The Image of God

BY FRANCISCO DE ALDANA

O Lord! who seest, from yon starry height,
 Centred in one the future and the past,
 Fashioned in thine own image, see how fast
 The world obscures in me what once was bright!
Eternal Sun! the warmth which thou hast given,
 To cheer life's flowery April, fast decays;
 Yet, in the hoary winter of my days,
 Forever green shall be my trust in Heaven.
Celestial King! oh let thy presence pass
 Before my spirit, and an image fair
 Shall meet that look of mercy from on high,
As the reflected image in a glass
 Doth meet the look of him who seeks it there
 And owes its being to the gazer's eye.
Author of original: 
Francesco de Aldana
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