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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
34. The Search
By Henry Vaughan  (1621–1695)
  
  LEAVE, leave, thy gadding thoughts;
      Who Pores
      and spies
    Still out of Doores,
      descries        5
    Within them nought.
 
    The skinne, and shell of things
      Though faire,
      are not
    Thy wish, nor pray’r,       10
      but got
    By meer Despair
      of wings.
 
    To rack old Elements,
      or Dust       15
      and say
    Sure here he must
      needs stay,
    Is not the way,
      nor just.       20
Search well another world; who studies this,
Travels in Clouds, seeks Manna, where none is.

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