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"IT IS NO SPIRIT WHO FROM HEAVEN HATH FLOWN"

          IT is no Spirit who from heaven hath flown,
          And is descending on his embassy;
          Nor Traveller gone from earth the heavens to espy!
          'Tis Hesperus--there he stands with glittering crown,
          First admonition that the sun is down!
          For yet it is broad day-light: clouds pass by;
          A few are near him still--and now the sky,
          He hath it to himself--'tis all his own.
          O most ambitious Star! an inquest wrought
          Within me when I recognised thy light;                      10
          A moment I was startled at the sight:
          And, while I gazed, there came to me a thought
          That I might step beyond my natural race
          As thou seem'st now to do; might one day trace
          Some ground not mine; and, strong her strength above,
          My Soul, an Apparition in the place,
          Tread there with steps that no one shall reprove!
                                                              1803.


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