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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
By Edward Rowland Sill (1841–1887)
WEARY, and marred with care and pain
And bruising days, the human brain
Draws wounded inward,—it might be
Some delicate creature of the sea,
That, shuddering, shrinks its lucent dome,        5
And coils its azure tendrils home,
And folds its filmy curtains tight
At jarring contact, e’er so light;
But let it float away all free,
And feel the buoyant, supple sea        10
Among its tinted streamers swell,
Again it spreads its gauzy wings,
And, waving its wan fringes, swings
With rhythmic pulse its crystal bell.
So let the mind, with care o’erwrought,        15
Float down the tranquil tides of thought:
Calm visions of unending years
Beyond this little moment’s fears;
Of boundless regions far from where
The girdle of the azure air        20
Binds to the earth the prisoned mind.
Set free the fancy, let it find
Beyond our world a vaster place
To thrill and vibrate out through space,—
As some auroral banner streams        25
Up through the night in pulsing gleams,
And floats and flashes o’er our dreams;
There let the whirling planet fall
Down—down, till but a glimmering ball,
A misty star: and dwindled so,        30
There is no room for care, or woe,
Or wish, apart from that one Will
That doth the worlds with music fill.

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