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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
The Spirit Land
By Jones Very (1813–1880)
FATHER! Thy wonders do not singly stand,
Nor far removed where feet have seldom strayed;
Around us ever lies the enchanted land
In marvels rich to Thine own sons displayed;
In finding Thee are all things round us found;        5
In losing Thee are all things lost beside;
Ears have we, but in vain strange voices sound,
And to our eyes the vision is denied;
We wander in the country far remote,
’Mid tombs and ruined piles in death to dwell;        10
Or on the records of past greatness dote,
And for a buried soul the living sell;
While on our path bewildered falls the night
That ne’er returns us to the fields of light.

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