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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
 
II. Light: Day: Night
“In the wide awe and wisdom of the night”
Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860–1943)
 
IN the wide awe and wisdom of the night
    I saw the round world rolling on its way,
Beyond significance of depth or height,
    Beyond the interchange of dark and day.
I marked the march to which is set no pause,        5
    And that stupendous orbit, round whose rim
The great sphere sweeps, obedient unto laws
    That utter the eternal thought of Him.
I compassed time, outstripped the starry speed,
    And in my still Soul apprehended space,        10
Till weighing laws which these but blindly heed,
    At last I came before Him face to face,—
And knew the Universe of no such span
As the august infinitude of man.
 
 
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