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Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919).  Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse.  1903.
 
Self-Ignorance
By Sir John Davies (1569–1626)
 
WE seek to know the moving of each sphere,
  And the strange cause of th’ ebbs and floods of Nile;
But of that clock within our breasts we bear,
  The subtle motions we forget the while.
 
We that acquaint ourselves with every zone        5
  And pass both tropics, and behold the poles,
When we come home are to ourselves unknown,
  And unacquainted still with our own souls.
 
 
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