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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
Dear Friend, Seest Thou Not

Vladimir Solovyov (1853–1900)
 
DEAR 1 Friend, seest thou not
    that whatever we look on here
Is but an image, shadows only
    of a beauty hid from our eyes?
 
Dear friend, hear’st thou not        5
    this jarring tumult of life
Is but a far discordant echo
    of heavn’s triumphant harmonies?
 
Dear friend, know’st thou not
    that the only truth in the world        10
Is what one heart telleth another
    in speechless greetings of love?
 
Note 1. Vladimir Solovyov. Given me by Mr. Nevill Forbes. [Trans. R. Bridges.] [back]
 
 
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