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THE COMING STORM' (A PICTURE BY R. S. GIFFORD), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: All feeling hearts must feel for him
Last Line: Man's final lore.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Gifford, Robert Swain (1840-1905); Paintings & Painters


All feeling hearts must feel for him
Who felt this picture. Presage dim --
Dim inklings from the shadowy sphere
Fixed him and fascinated here.

A demon-cloud like the mountain one
Burst on a spirit as mild
As this urned lake, the home of shades,
But Shakespeare's pensive child.

Never the lines had lightly scanned,
Steeped in fable, steeped in fate;
The Hamlet in his heart was 'ware,
Such hearts can antedate.

No utter surprise can come to him
Who reaches Shakespeare's core;
That which we seek and shun is there --
Man's final lore.





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