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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
Humanity

Richard Watson Dixon (1833–1900)
 
THERE 1 is a soul above the soul of each,
A mightier soul, which yet to each belongs:
There is a sound made of all human speech,
And numerous as the concourse of all songs:
And in that soul lives each, in each that soul;        5
Thro’ all the ages are its lifetime vast;
Each soul that dies, in its most sacred whole
Receiveth life that shall for ever last.
  And thus for ever with a wider span
Humanity o’erarches time and death;        10
Man can elect the universal man,
And live in life that ends not with his breath,
And gather glory that increaseth still
Till Time his glass with Death’s last dust shall fill.
 
Note 1. R. W. Dixon. Humanity. From ‘Historical Odes’, &c. [back]
 
 
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