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TOWARDS DEMOCRACY: PART 4. IN AN OLD QUARRY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once in an old quarry
Last Line: One sentence of thy great world-wisdom out
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Mankind; Male-female Relations; Human Race


ONCE in an old quarry,
In a heathery nook among the rocks, unclothed as I reclined in the sun,
facing only the great hills and the sky,
Millions of years floating softly down through the aerial blue,
Thy words—millions millions of human forms—
I saw descending.

Tiny, into the tissue of grass and tree and herb passing—into the
mouths and bodies of men and animals—and here and there a fitting home in
the sex-cells finding,
At length, clothed mortal men and women,

Out on the actual world I saw them step:
Thy words—thy wandering words—each one alone, so lost, so
meaningless,
Each seeking his true mates, if so to spell
One sentence of thy great world-wisdom out





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