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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
By Bertram Dobell (1842–1914)
HIS home a speck in a vast Universe,
  He a mere atom on that tiny speck,
Victim of countless evils that coerce
  And force him onward on a pathless track:
And yet a being made to dominate        5
  O’er all things else by mind’s controlling power:
Spoilt favourite at once and sport of fate,
  Football of fortune, time’s consummate flower!
To him alone did Nature’s self impart
  A spark of her divinest energy,        10
With power to create a world of Art,
  And intellect to solve all mystery:
So great and yet so little! blest and curst—
Nature’s most noble offspring—yet her worst!

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