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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
Extracts from The New Day (1890): Sonnet X: ‘Genius and Poetry should still advance’
By Thomas Gordon Hake (1809–1895)
GENIUS 1 and Poetry should still advance
  As Nature year by year extends her pale,
Till widens past all reach the wide expanse,
  Disclosing heights that only She can scale.
Science fulfils the poet’s prophecy—        5
  Brings close the landscape that he saw afar,
Even as the glass that takes and gives the sky
  Brings home from realms of cloud some burning star.
So even within the farthest galaxy
  The science-poet knows what worlds are growing,        10
Where Nature’s votaries of all wisdom free,
  With far-off thought akin to his are glowing.
Seize on the deathless prize, far-reaching friend!
And yet let one same scroll our memories blend.
Note 1. Written to a friend whom Hake believed to be the “science poet” of the future. [back]

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