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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
The Strangers
By Jones Very (1813–1880)
 
EACH care-worn face is but a book
  To tell of houses bought or sold;
Or filled with words that men have took
  From those who lived and spoke of old.
 
I see none whom I know, for they        5
  See other things than him they meet;
And though they stop me by the way,
  ’Tis still some other one to greet.
 
There are no words that reach my ear;
  Those speak who tell of other things        10
Than what they mean for me to hear,
  For in their speech the counter rings.
 
I would be where each word is true,
  Each eye sees what it looks upon;
For here my eye has seen but few        15
  Who in each act that act have done.
 
 
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