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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
1603. Infinity
By Philip Henry Savage
I DARE not think that thou art by, to stand
And face omnipotence so near at hand!
  When I consider thee, how must I shrink;
How must I say, I do not understand,
      I dare not think!        5
I cannot stand before the thought of thee,
Infinite Fulness of Eternity!
  So close that all the outlines of the land
Are lost,—in the inflowing of thy sea
      I cannot stand.        10
I think of thee, and as the crystal bowl
Is broken, and the waters of the soul
  Go down to death within the crystal sea,
I faint and fail when (thou, the perfect whole)
      I think of thee.        15


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