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First Line: His sleeping or his waking mind
Last Line: Clear at ten thousand miles!
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund

HIS sleeping or his waking mind
A master might control,
But with what ordinance would he bind
The wilful-wandering soul?

When all is lamp-lit peace and bloom,
Its pale dismay appears
Walking the wars and flaring gloom
Of charred and riddled years.

Amid the mind's mechanic tense
Of every day's account,
The soul allays the pilgrim sense
At some Arcadian fount.

In hate's salt sea its Naiad wave
Upbubbles; in the din
Of comic wildfire it stares grave;
It mocks our discipline,

This corposant, this light indeed
That with its sudden smiles
Makes laughing child or leafing weed
Clear at ten thousand miles!

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