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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
Self-Examination
By Charles Heavysege (1816–1876)
 
OPEN, my heart, thy ruddy valves;
  It is thy master calls;
Let me go down and, curious, trace
  Thy labyrinthine halls.
Open, O heart, and let me view        5
  The secrets of thy den;
My self unto myself now show
  With introspective ken.
Expose thyself, thou covered nest
  Of passions, and be seen;        10
Stir up thy brood, that in unrest
  Are ever piping keen.
Ah! what a motley multitude,
  Magnanimous and mean!
 
 
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