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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1594. The Soul of Man
By Dora Read Goodale
SAY, in a hut of mean estate
  A light just glimmers and then is gone,
Nature is seen to hesitate,—
  Put forth and then retract her pawn;
Say, in the alembic of an eye        5
  Haughty is mixed with poor and low;
Say, Truth herself is not so high
  But Error laughs to see her so;
Say, all that strength failed in its trust;
  Say, all that wit crept but a span;        10
Say, ’t is a drop spilled in the dust,—
  And then say brother—then say man!


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