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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
The Skeptic
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
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I CALLED on dreams and visions to disclose
That which is veiled from waking thought; conjured
Eternity, as men constrain a ghost
To appear and answer. Then my soul
Turned inward, to examine of what stuff        5
Time’s fetters are composed; and life was put
To inquisition, long and profitless.
By pain of heart,—now checked, and now impelled,
The Intellectual Power, through words and things,
Went sounding on, a dim and perilous way!        10

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