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First Line: In countless upward-striving waves
Last Line: Fills for his proper sake.
Variant Title(s): Nominalist And Realist;motto To 'nominalist And Realist'


In countless upward-striving waves
The moon-drawn tide-wave strives;
In thousand far-transplanted grafts
The parent fruit survives;
So, in the new-born millions,
The perfect Adam lives.
Not less are summer-mornings dear
To every child they wake,
And each with novel life his sphere
Fills for his proper sake.





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