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THE WANDERER: 6. PALINGENSIS: THE SOUL'S SCIENCE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Can history prove the truth which hath
Last Line: Or vex me not with learned dust.
Alternate Author Name(s): Meredith, Owen; Lytton, 1st Earl Of; Lytton, Robert
Subject(s): Travel; Journeys; Trips


CAN History prove the truth which hath
Its record in the silent soul?
Or Mathematics mete the path
Whereby the spirit seeks its goal?

Can Love of aught but Love inherit
The blessing which is born of Love?
The spirit knoweth of the spirit:
The soul alone the soul can prove.

The eye to see: the ear to hear:
The working hand to help the will:
To every sense his separate sphere:
And unto each his several skill.

The ear to sight, the eye to sound,
Is callous: unto each is given
His lorddom in his proper bound.
The soul, the soul to find out heaven!

There is a glory veiled to sight;
A voice which never ear hath heard;
There is a law no hand can write,
Yet stronger than the written word.

And hast thou tidings for my soul,
O teacher? to my soul intrust
Alone the purport of thy scroll:
Or vex me not with learned dust.





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