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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
 
Maurice de Guérin
By Maurice Francis Egan (1852–1924)
 
THE OLD wine filled him, and he saw, with eyes
  Anoint of Nature, fauns and dryads fair
  Unseen by others; to him maidenhair
And waxen lilacs and those birds that rise
A-sudden from tall reeds at slight surprise,        5
  Brought charmèd thoughts: and in earth everywhere
  He, like sad Jaques, found a music rare
As that of Syrinx to old Grecians wise.
A pagan heart, a Christian soul had he,
  He followed Christ, yet for dead Pan he sighed,        10
    Till earth and heaven met within his breast;
As if Theocritus in Sicily
  Had come upon the Figure crucified
    And lost his gods in deep, Christ-given rest.
 
 
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