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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
“Hearts of eternity”
By William Ellery Channing (1818–1901)
 
HEARTS of eternity,—hearts of the deep!
Proclaim from land to sea your mighty fate;
How that for you no living comes too late;
How ye cannot in Theban labyrinth creep;
 
How ye great harvests from small surface reap;        5
Shout, excellent band, in grand primeval strain,
Like midnight winds that foam along the main,
And do all things rather than pause and weep.
 
A human heart knows nought of littleness,
Suspects no man, compares with no one’s ways,        10
Hath in one hour most glorious length of days,
 
A recompense, a joy, a loveliness;
Like eaglet keen, shoots into azure far,
And always dwelling nigh is the remotest star.
 
 
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