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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
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By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
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COME on, sir; here’s the place:—stand still.—How fearful
And dizzy ’tis, to cast one’s eye so low!
The crows and choughs, that wing the midway air,
Show scarce so gross as beetles: half way down
Hangs one that gathers samphire; dreadful trade!        5
Methinks he seems no bigger than his head:
The fishermen, that walk upon the beach,
Appear like mice; and yond’ tall anchoring bark
Diminish’d to her cock; her cock, a buoy
Almost too small for sight: the murmuring surge,        10
That on the unnumber’d idle pebbles chafes,
Cannot be heard so high:—I’ll look no more;
Lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight
Topple down headlong.
 
 
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