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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
Quoted in Memoir

Richard Watson Dixon (1833–1900)
.. BUT 1 if thou 2 scorn us not, though keeping still
Thy silence to our askings, even herein
Some part at least our quest thou dost fulfil,
Thy gravity charms us from man’s world of sin
  O thou art grave; pointest with steadfast aim        5
At us a warning hand, and in our eyes
Thou lookest with but one look, ever the same.
  The shafted beam that breaks from summer skies,
The unclouded sun, all things ’twixt sun and shade,
That into that which we call thee arise,        10
They are thy temple, builded and display’d
For worship fair …
Note 1. Dixon. Quoted in Memoir publ. with selection of poems by Smith Elder. 1909. [back]
Note 2. ‘thou’, i.e. Nature. [back]

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