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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. V. Browning to Rupert Brooke
From ‘Saint Paul’
By Frederic William Henry Myers (1843–1901)
OFT shall that flesh imperil and outweary
  Soul that would stay it in the straiter scope.
Oft shall the chill day and the even dreary
  Force on my heart the frenzy of a hope:—
Lo, as some ship, outworn and overladen,        5
  Strains for the harbour where her sails are furled;—
Lo, as some innocent and eager maiden
  Leans o’er the wistful limit of the world,
Dreams of the glow and glory of the distance,
  Wonderful wooing and the grace of tears,        10
Dreams with what eyes and what a sweet insistence
  Lovers are waiting in the hidden years;—
Lo, as some venturer, from his stars receiving
  Promise and presage of sublime emprise,
Wears evermore the seal of his believing        15
  Deep in the dark of solitary eyes;
Yea, to the end, in palace or in prison,
  Fashions his fancies of the realm to be,
Fallen from the height or from the deeps arisen,
  Ringed with the rocks and sundered of the sea;—        20
So even I, and with a pang more thrilling,
  So even I, and with a hope more sweet,
Yearn for the sign, O Christ! of thy fulfilling,
  Faint for the flaming of thine advent feet.

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