Extract from THE PRELUDE
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Wisdom and Spirit of the Universe!
Thou Soul that art the eternity of thought!
That givíst to forms and images a breath
And everlasting motion! Not in vain,
By day or star-light thus from my first dawn
Of Childhood didst Thou intertwine for me
The passions that build up our human Soul,
Not with the mean and vulgar works of Man,
But with high objects, with enduring things,
With life and nature, purifying thus
The elements of feeling and of thought,
And sanctifying, by such discipline,
Both pain and fear, until we recognize
A grandeur in the beating of the heart.
Published Sat 2nd Nov 2013 13:18:32