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George Willis Cooke, comp.  The Poets of Transcendentalism: An Anthology.  1903.
 
Ars Poetica et Humana
By John Albee (1833–1915)
 
DOST thou, belovèd, see
That even poesy
Hath rights like thine and mine?
  Dost thou its harmonies
  Observe, and how there lies        5
Along the builded line
  The touch, the frequent ties
The muses love to twine?
 
See, at the very end
The loving words must blend        10
In ’cording rhymes, and kiss,
Their meaning not to miss,
Ere they onward flow
Some other mood to show.
  So do our hearts rehearse,        15
    In earnest or in play,
  The self-same pulse-like verse,
    And lips seal what lips say.
 
 
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