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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
Interpretation
By Richard Realf (1832–1878)
 
[The Century Magazine. 1879.]

A DREAMING Poet lay upon the ground.
  He plucked the grasses with his listless hands.
No voice was near him save the wishful sound
  Of the sea cooing to the unbosomed sands.
 
He leaned his heart upon the naked sod.        5
  He heard the audible pulse of nature beat.
He trembled greatly at the Word of God
  Spoken in the rushes rustling at his feet.
 
With inward vision his outward sight grew dim,
  He knew the rhythmic secret of the spheres,        10
He caught the cadence, and a noble hymn,
  Swam swan-like in upon the gliding years.
 
 
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