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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
By John Weiss (1818–1879)
CENTRAL axis, pole of pole,
Central ark and goal of goal,
Worship, to whose sovereign end
All the spirit’s uses tend.
Taught of her high mystery,        5
Perfect will the man-child be.
Not with sorrow, not with moan
Comes the soul unto her own;
Not with sounding steps of thunder,
Not with flaming looks of fire,        10
But with calm delight and wonder,
Simple hope and sweet desire.
Then, through all the motions stealing
Of the manifold existence,
Ever lifting, soothing, healing,        15
Love attunes each thought and feeling
Unto patience and persistence.

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