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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
II. “Eureka!”
By Thomas James Judkin
 
“EUREKA!” 1 still “Eureka!” was my cry;
  While Echo shouts of answering joyance sent,
  As through the garden door, on mischief bent,
I flung myself upon the sward close by
The startled Kate, who sat with musing eye,        5
  On some old poet’s charmful verse intent;
  “Eureka?—what by such strange word is meant?”
“‘I ’ve found it,’—yes; e’en that which thousands try,
And try in vain, to find within the pages
  Aforetime written by the white-haired sages,        10
  Or by long communings with present men,
Native or foreign, through life’s varied stages,—
  TRUTH!”—“Where?”—“In woman’s lips.”—And kissing then
  Kate’s lips, I laughing spake the word again.
 
Note 1. “I have found it!”—the famous exclamation of Archimedes when he discovered the means of finding the quantum of alloy in the crown of Hiero, King of Sicily. [back]
 
 
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