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Make knowledge circle with the winds;
Watch what main-currents draw the years:
Regard the weakness of thy peers:
Nor toil for title, place, or touch
Nor deal in watchwords overmuch;
Not clinging to some ancient saw:
That from Discussion's lip may fall
With Life, that, working strongly, binds -
To close the interests of all.
For Nature also, cold and warm,
Matures the individual form.
Meet is it changes should control
All but the basis of the soul.
So let the change which comes be free
Its office, moved with sympathy.
A saying hard to shape in act;
Wherever Thought hath wedded Fact.
Even now we hear with inward strife
yearning to mix himself with Life.
A slow-developed strength awaits
New Majesties of mighty States —
The warders of the growing hour,
With great contrivances of Power.
Of many changes, aptly joined,
Of Discord race the rising wind:
A wind to puff your idol-fires, And heap their ashes on the head;
That we are wiser than our sires.
0 yet, if Nature's evil star
Drive men in manhood, as in youth,
Across the brazen bridge of war —
If New and Old, disastrous feud,
That Principles are rained in blood;
Not yet the wise of heart would cease To hold his hope through shame and guilt, But with his hand against the hilt,
Would pace the troubled land, like Peace;
Not less, though dogs of Faction bay, Would serve his kind in deed and word, Certain, if knowledge bring the sword,
That knowledge takes the sword away —
Would love the gleams of good that broke
Would strike, and firmly, and one stroke:
To-morrow yet would reap to-day,
Raw Haste, half-sister to Delay.
I Knew an old wife lean and poor, Her rags scarce held together;
He uttered rhyme and reason, "Here, take the goose, and keep you warm,
It is a stormy season."
in. She caught the white goose by the leg, A goose — 't was no great matter. The goose let fall a golden egg With cackle and with clatter.