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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
 
Nature
By William Ellery Channing (1818–1901)
 
I LOVE the universe,—I love the joy
Of every living thing. Be mine the sure
Felicity, which ever shall endure;
While passion whirls the madmen, as they toy,
To hate, I would my simple being warm        5
In the calm pouring sun; and in that pure
And motionless silence, ever would employ
My best true powers, without a thought’s annoy.
See and be glad! O high imperial race,
Dwarfing the common attitude of strength,        10
Learn that ye stand on an unshaken base;
Your powers will carry you to any length.
Up! earnestly feel the gentle sunset beams;
Be glad in woods, o’er sands; by marsh, or streams.
 
 
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