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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

                                   XIV

          DESIRE we past illusions to recall?
          To reinstate wild Fancy, would we hide
          Truths whose thick veil Science has drawn aside?
          No,--let this Age, high as she may, instal
          In her esteem the thirst that wrought man's fall,
          The universe is infinitely wide;
          And conquering Reason, if self-glorified,
          Can nowhere move uncrossed by some new wall
          Or gulf of mystery, which thou alone,
          Imaginative Faith! canst overleap,                          10
          In progress toward the fount of Love,--the throne
          Of Power whose ministers the records keep
          Of periods fixed, and laws established, less
          Flesh to exalt than prove its nothingness.


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