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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
One in the Infinite
 
George Francis Savage-Armstrong (b. 1845)
 
 
ROLL on, and with thy rolling crust
  That round thy poles thou twirlest,
Roll with thee, Earth, this grain of dust,
  As through the Vast thou whirlest;
On, on through zones of dark and light        5
  Still waft me, blind and reeling,
Around the sun, and with his flight
  In wilder orbits wheeling.
 
Speed on through deeps without a shore,
  This Atom with thee bearing,        10
Thyself a grain of dust—no more—
  ’Mid fume of systems flaring.
Ah, what am I to thirst for power,
  Or pore on Nature’s pages,—
Whirl’d onward, living for an hour,        15
  And dead through endless ages?
 

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