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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
By Archibald Lampman (1861–1899)
NOT to be conquered by these headlong days,
  But to stand free: to keep the mind at brood
  On life’s deep meaning, nature’s altitude
Of loveliness, and time’s mysterious ways;
At every thought and deed to clear the haze        5
  Out of our eyes, considering only this,
  What man, what life, what love, what beauty is,
This is to live, and win the final praise.
Though strife, ill fortune, and harsh human need
  Beat down the soul, at moments blind and dumb        10
  With agony; yet, patience—there shall come
    Many great voices from life’s outer sea,
Hours of strange triumph, and, when few men heed,
    Murmurs and glimpses of eternity.

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