Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. VI. Fancy: Sentiment
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
Poems of Sentiment: IV. Thought: Poetry: Books
The Scholar
Sir Henry Taylor (1800–1886)
From “Edwin the Fair”

THIS life, and all that it contains, to him
Is but a tissue of illuminous dreams
Filled with book-wisdom, pictured thought and love
That on its own creations spends itself.
All things he understands, and nothing does.        5
Profusely eloquent in copious praise
Of action, he will talk to you as one
Whose wisdom lay in dealings and transactions;
Yet so much action as might tie his shoe
Cannot his will command; himself alone        10
By his own wisdom not a jot the gainer.
Of silence, and the hundred thousand things
’T is better not to mention, he will speak,
And still most wisely.
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