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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
To America
 
Richard Garnett (1835–1906)
 
 
After Reading Some Ungenerous Criticisms
 
 
WHAT though thy Muse the singer’s art essay
With lip now over-loud, now over-low?
’T is but the augury that makes her so
Of the high things she hath in charge to say.
How shall the giantess of gold and clay,        5
Girt with two oceans, crown’d with Arctic snow,
Sandall’d with shining seas of Mexico,
Be par’d to trim proportion in a day?
Thou art too great! Thy million-billow’d surge
Of life bewilders speech, as shoreless sea        10
Confounds the ranging eye from verge to verge
With mazy strife or smooth immensity.
Not soon or easily shall thence emerge
A Homer or a Shakespeare worthy thee.
 

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