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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Magna Est Veritas
By Coventry Patmore (1823–1896)
 
HERE, in this little Bay,
Full of tumultuous life and great repose,
Where, twice a day,
The purposeless, glad ocean comes and goes,
Under high cliffs, and far from the huge town,        5
I sit me down.
For want of me the world’s course will not fail:
When all its work is done, the lie shall rot;
The truth is great, and shall prevail,
When none cares whether it prevail or not.        10
 
 
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