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Full text of "New Poems And Variant Readings"

54                STEVENSON'S POEMS
To the fringed margin of the wood, and sees,
Gazing afar before him, many a mile Of falling country, many fields and trees, And cities and bright streams and far-off Ocean's smile:
I, O Melampus, halting, stand at gaze:
I, liberated, look abroad on life, Love, and distress, and dusty travelling ways,
The steersman's helm, the surgeon's helpful knife, On the lone ploughman's earth-upturning share,
The revelry of cities and the sound Of seas, and mountain-tops aloof in air, And of the circling earth the unsupported round :
I, looking, wonder : I, intent, adore ;
And, O Melampus, reaching forth my hands In adoration, cry aloud and soar
In spirit, high above the supine lands And the low caves of mortal things, and flee
To the last fields of the universe untrod, Where is no man, nor any earth, nor sea,
And the contented soul is all alone with God.