Although the psalmist clothed his longing in the poetic imagery of the Orient, he nevertheless expressed a common human emotion when he exclaimed, "Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. " There are earlier and brighter moods of the human mind, to be sure, that would ask for nothing better than to be borne on "the wings of the wind" into fields of fresh adventure; but the elements of change and decay in human belief, cause all human experience eventually to end in a sense of something wanting.
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