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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Consider It Again
By Arthur Hugh Clough (1819–1861)
 
“OLD things need not be therefore true.”
O brother men, nor yet the new;
Ah! still awhile the old thought retain,
And yet consider it again!
 
The souls of now two thousand years        5
Have laid up here their toils and fears,
And all the earnings of their pain,—
Ah, yet consider it again!
 
We! what do you see? each a space
Of some few yards before his face;        10
Does that the whole wide plan explain?
Ah, yet consider it again!
 
Alas! the great world goes its way,
And takes its truth from each new day;
They do not quit, nor yet retain,        15
Far less consider it again.
 
 
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