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“ An inner impulse rent the veil Of his old husk : from head to tail
Came out clear plates of sapphire mail.
“ He dried his wings: like gauze they grew : Thro' crofts and pastures wet with dew A living flash of light he flew.”
I said, “When first the world began,
“ She gave him mind, the lordliest Proportion, and, above the rest,
Dominion in the head and breast."
Thereto the silent voice replied ;
“ This truth within thy mind rehearse, That in a boundless universe
Is boundless better, boundless worse.
“ Think you this mould of hopes and fears Could find no statelier than his
peers In yonder hundred million spheres?"
• It spake, moreover,
Then did my response clearer fall : “No compound of this earthly ball Is like another, all in all.”
To which he answer'd scoffingly ;
66 Or will one beam be less intense, When thy peculiar difference
Is cancell'd in the world of sense?
I would have said, “ Thou canst not know,”
Again the voice spake unto me : 5 Thou art so steep'd in misery, Surely 'twere better not to be.
“ Thine anguish will not let thee sleep, Nor any train of reason keep : Thou canst not think, but thou wilt weep."
I said, “ The years with change advance :
“ Some turn this sickness yet might take, Ev'n yet." But he: “What drug can make A wither'd palsy cease to shake ?"
I wept, “ Tho' I should die, I know
That all about the thorn will blow
In tufts of rosy-tinted snow;
“And men, thro' novel spheres of thought Still moving after truth long sought, Will learn new things when I am not.”
66 Yet," said the secret voice, some time,
- Not less swift souls that yearn for light,
“ Not less the bee would range her cells, The furzy prickle fire the dells, The foxglove cluster dappled bells."
I said that “ all the years invent;
“ Were this not well, to bide mine hour, Tho' watching from a ruin'd tower How grows the day of human power?"
“ The highest-mounted mind," he said, “ Still sees the sacred morning spread The silent summit overhead.
“ Will thirty seasons render plain Those lonely lights that still remain, Just breaking over land and main ?