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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
 
Time, Real and Imaginary
By Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
 
An Allegory

ON the wide level of a mountain’s head,
(I knew not where, but ’twas some faery place),
Their pinions, ostrich-like, for sails outspread,
Two lovely children run an endless race,
    A sister and a brother!        5
    This far outstripp’d the other;
Yet ever runs she with reverted face,
And looks and listens for the boy behind:
    For he, alas! is blind!
O’er rough and smooth with even step he pass’d,        10
And knows not whether he be first or last.
 
 
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