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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 XXXII: ‘The thousand volumes of poetic lore’
By Thomas Gordon Hake (1809–1895)
 
THE THOUSAND volumes of poetic lore
  By turns have fortunes and misfortunes made;
One day these piles shall meet the eye no more,
  And in their own still honoured dust be laid.
Great work leaves only greater to be done.        5
  New goals are straight ahead; then onward press,—
On Nature’s open course the gauntlet run;
  She basks in glory at a new success.
The poetry of old is built on dream—
  A dream of beauty never coming true!—        10
But Science shadows forth the nobler theme
  Of wondrous Nature; be it sung by you!
Science and Nature, waiting hand in hand,
Now on the threshold of the New Day stand.
 
 
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