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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Ah! Yet Consider It Again
 
Arthur Hugh Clough (1819–61)
 
 
OLD things need not be therefore true,
O brother men, nor yet the new;
Ah! still awhile the old thought retain,
And yet consider it again!
 
The souls of now two thousand years        5
Have laid up here their toils and fears,
And all the earnings of their pain,—
Ah, yet consider it again!
 
We! what do we see? each a space
Of some few yards before his face;        10
Does that the whole wide plan explain?
Ah, yet consider it again!
 
Alas! the great world goes its way,
And takes its truth from each new day;
They do not quit, nor can retain,        15
Far less consider it again.
 

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