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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
Scarlett Rocks
By Thomas Edward Brown (1830–1897)
I THOUGHT of life, the outer and the inner,
    As I was walking by the sea:
How vague, unshapen this, and that, though thinner,
    Yet hard and clear in its rigidity.
Then took I up the fragment of a shell,        5
    And saw its accurate loveliness,
And searched its filmy lines, its pearly cell,
    And all that keen contention to express
A finite thought. And then I recognised
    God’s working in the shell from root to rim,        10
And said:—“He works till He has realised—
    O Heaven! if I could only work like Him!”

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