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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
‘Ah me! the mighty love’
By George Frederick Cameron (1854–1885)
 
AH me! the mighty love that I have borne
  To thee, sweet Song! A perilous gift was it
My mother gave me that September morn
  When sorrow, song, and life were at one altar lit.
 
A gift more perilous than the priest’s; his lore        5
  Is all of books and to his books extends;
And what they see and know he knows—no more,
  And with their knowing all his knowing ends.
 
A gift more perilous than the painter’s; he
  In his divinest moments only sees        10
The inhumanities of colour; we
  Feel each and all the inhumanities.
 
 
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