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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
 
Warning
By Julia Ward Howe (1819–1910)
 
POWER, reft of aspiration;
Passion, lacking inspiration;
Leisure, not of contemplation.
 
Thus shall danger overcome thee,
Fretted luxury consume thee,        5
All divineness vanish from thee.
 
Be a man, and be one wholly;
Keep one great love, purely, solely,
Till it make thy nature holy;
 
That thy way be paved in whiteness,        10
That thy heart may beat in lightness,
That thy being end in brightness.
 
 
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