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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
Knowledge
By Archibald Lampman (1861–1899)
 
WHAT is more large than knowledge, and more sweet;
  Knowledge of thoughts and deeds, of rights and wrongs,
  Of passions, and of beauties, and of songs;
Knowledge of life; to feel its great heart beat
Through all the soul upon her crystal seat;        5
  To see, to feel, and evermore to know;
  To till the old world’s wisdom till it grow
A garden for the wandering of our feet.
 
Oh for a life of leisure and broad hours,
  To think and dream, to put away small things,        10
    This world’s perpetual leaguer of dull noughts;
To wander like the bee among the flowers
  Till old age find us weary, feet and wings
    Grown heavy with the gold of many thoughts.
 
 
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