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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
Cardinal Manning
Aubrey Thomas De Vere (b. 1814)
I LEARN’D his greatness first at Lavington:
The moon had early sought her bed of brine,
But we discours’d till now each starry sign
Had sunk: our theme was one and one alone:
“Two minds supreme,” he said, “our earth has known;        5
One sang in science; one serv’d God in song;
Aquinas—Dante.” Slowly in me grew strong
A thought, “These two great minds in him are one;
‘Lord, what shall this man do?’ ” Later at Rome
Beside the dust of Peter and of Paul        10
Eight hundred mitred sires of Christendom
In Council sat. I mark’d him ’mid them all;
I thought of that long night in years gone by
And cried, “At last my question meets reply.”


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