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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
 
The Goal
By Ellen Sturgis Hooper (1812–1848)
 
I SPRANG on life’s free course, I tasked myself,
  And questioned what and how I meant to be;
And leaving far behind me power and pelf,
  I fixed a goal,—nor farther could I see.
 
For this I toiled, for this I ran and bled,        5
  And proudly thought upon my laurels there.
Lo, here I stand! all childlike to be led.
  My goal, self-fixed, has vanished into air.
I run, I toil, but see not all my way;
Ever more pure it shines into a perfect day.        10
 
 
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