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Matthew Arnold (1822–88).  The Poems of Matthew Arnold, 1840–1867.  1909.
 
New Poems, 1867
The Progress of Poesy
 
A Variation

[First published 1867.]

YOUTH rambles on life’s arid mount,
And strikes the rock, and finds the vein,
And brings the water from the fount,
The fount which shall not flow again.
 
The man mature with labour chops        5
For the bright stream a channel grand,
And sees not that the sacred drops
Ran off and vanish’d out of hand.
 
And then the old man totters nigh
And feebly rakes among the stones.        10
The mount is mute, the channel dry;
And down he lays his weary bones.
 
 
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