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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
‘Perchè Pensa? Pensando s’invecchia’
By Arthur Hugh Clough (1819–1861)
TO spend uncounted years of pain,
Again, again, and yet again,
In working out in heart and brain
    The problem of our being here;
To gather facts from far and near,        5
Upon the mind to hold them clear,
And, knowing more may yet appear,
Unto one’s latest breath to fear
The premature result to draw—
Is this the object, end and law,        10
    And purpose of our being here?

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