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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  The New Poetry: An Anthology.  1917.
 
351. Omnia Exeunt in Mysterium
 
By George Sterling
 
 
THE STRANGER in my gates—lo! that am I,
And what my land of birth I do not know,
Nor yet the hidden land to which I go.
One may be lord of many ere he die,
And tell of many sorrows in one sigh,        5
But know himself he shall not, nor his woe,
Nor to what sea the tears of wisdom flow;
Nor why one star is taken from the sky.
 
An urging is upon him evermore,
And though he bide, his soul is wanderer,        10
Scanning the shadows with a sense of haste—
Where fade the tracks of all who went before:
A dim and solitary traveller
On ways that end in evening and the waste.
 

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