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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
Extracts from The Angel in the House: The Revelation
By Coventry Patmore (1823–1896)
AN IDLE poet, here and there,
  Looks round him; but, for all the rest,
The world, unfathomably fair,
  Is duller than a witling’s jest.
Love wakes men, once a lifetime each;        5
  They lift their heavy lids, and look;
And, lo, what one sweet page can teach,
  They read with joy, then shut the book.
And some give thanks, and some blaspheme,
  And most forget; but, either way,        10
That and the Child’s unheeded dream
  Is all the light of all their day.

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