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That ever was put forth in personal form ;
Beauty a living Presence of the earth,
Which speak of nothing more than what we are, Would I arouse the sensual from their sleep Of Death, and win the vacant and the vain To noble raptures; while my voice proclaims How exquisitely the individual Mind (And the progressive powers perhaps no less Of the whole species) to the external World Is fitted :- and how exquisitely, too, Theme this but little heard of among Men, The external World is fitted to the Mind ; And the creation (by no lower name Can it be called) which they with blended might Accomplish: - this is our high argument. - Such grateful haunts foregoing, if I oft Must turn elsewhere to travel near the tribes And fellowships of men, and see ill sights Of madding passions mutually inflamed ; Must hear Humanity in fields and groves Pipe solitary anguish ; or must hang Brooding above the fierce confederate storm Of sorrow, barricadoed evermore Within the walls of Cities ; may these sounds Have their authentic comment,
that even these Hearing, I be not downcast or forlorn!
· Descend, prophetic Spirit ! that inspir’st The human Soul of universal earth, Dreaming on things to come ; and dost possess
A metropolitan Temple in the hearts
so shall thy unfailing love Guide, and support, and cheer me to the end !"
Be with me;
CONTENTS OF VOLUME V.