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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Stanzas
By Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813–1892)
 
[Born in Alexandria, Va., 1813. Died at Cambridge, Mass., 1892. From Poems. 1844.]

THOUGHT is deeper than all speech,
  Feeling deeper than all thought;
Souls to souls can never teach
  What unto themselves was taught.
 
We are spirits clad in veils:        5
  Man by man was never seen;
All our deep communion fails
  To remove the shadowy screen.
 
Heart to heart was never known;
  Mind with mind did never meet;        10
We are columns left alone,
  Of a temple once complete.
 
Like the stars that gem the sky,
  Far apart, though seeming near,
In our light we scattered lie;        15
  All is thus but starlight here.
 
What is social company
  But a babbling summer stream?
What our wise philosophy
  But the glancing of a dream?        20
 
Only when the sun of love
  Melts the scattered stars of thought;
Only when we live above
  What the dim-eyed world hath taught;
 
Only when our souls are fed        25
  By the Fount which gave them birth,
And by inspiration led,
  Which they never drew from earth,
 
We, like parted drops of rain
  Swelling till they meet and run,        30
Shall be all absorbed again,
  Melting, flowing into one.

  1840.
 
 
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