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SONNETS OF MANHOOD: 40. PANTHEISTIC DREAMS, by            
First Line: What is the worth of pantheistic dreams?
Last Line: Than to blend limp souls with the lilies' gold!
Subject(s): Pantheism


What is the worth of Pantheistic dreams?—
Oh, what avails it at the hour of death
To mix our souls with countless roses' breath,
Or with the shining June-sky's sunset-gleams,
Or with the glory of blue-rippling streams?
What joy is there in groping underneath
The soil, to spring in roots of purple heath,—
What human rapture in the moon's white beams?

One hour of human life, though it be wild
And mad and sinful, is a nobler spell
Than long eternities in green deep dell,
Mixed with the spirits of the snow-drops mild:
Diviner is it passionate hand to hold
Than to blend limp souls with the lilies' gold!





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