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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Humanity
By Richard Watson Dixon (1833–1900)
 
THERE is a soul above the soul of each,
  A mightier soul, which yet to each belongs:
There is a sound made of all human speech,
  And numerous as the concourse of all songs:
And in that soul lives each, in each that soul,        5
  Tho’ all the ages are its life-time vast;
Each soul that dies in its most sacred whole
  Receiveth life that shall for ever last.
 
And thus for ever with a wider span
  Humanity o’erarches time and death;        10
Man can elect the universal man
  And live in life that ends not with his breath;
    And gather glory that increases still
    Till Time his glass with Death’s last dust shall fill.
 
 
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