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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From Melampus

George Meredith (1828–1909)
WITH 1 love exceeding a simple love of the things
  That glide in grasses and rubble of woody wreck;
Or change their perch on a beat of quivering wings
  From branch to branch, only restful to pipe and peck;
Or, bristled, curl at a touch their snouts in a ball;        5
  Or cast their web between bramble and thorny hook;
The good physician Melampus, loving them all,
  Among them walk’d, as a scholar who reads a book.
For him the woods were a home and gave him the key
  Of knowledge, thirst for their treasures in herbs and flowers.        10
The secrets held by the creatures nearer than we
  To earth he sought, and the link of their life with ours:
And where alike we are, unlike where, and the vein’d
  Division, vein’d parallel, of a blood that flows
In them, in us, from the source by man unattain’d        15
  Save marks he well what the mystical woods disclose …
Note 1. Meredith. From Melampus. [back]

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