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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
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By George McKnight (1840–1897)
THOUGH the great Scroll wherein have been outlined
  By Nature thoughts of God, deep and immense,
  We cannot read, yet gleams of meaning thence
At times shine on us, clear, distinct, defined.
Hence comes assurance that the human mind,        5
  Though weak in reason and obtuse in sense,
  Still owns a share in that intelligence
Whereby the great World-builder has designed
The wondrous plans which Nature’s works disclose.
  A child who scans the philosophic page        10
  Of some profoundly meditative sage
May see familiar phrases,—then he knows
  That his own simple thoughts and childish lore
  Are part of the great scholar’s mental store.

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