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First Line: As though with new eyes I have seen the dawn
Last Line: Old sufferer, old sage, old horoscope!
Subject(s): Youth


As though with new eyes I have seen the dawn
Announced from western skies above the lake;
And bright vermilion ships of consort drawn
Along the line determined by the rake
Of shining spars and thread of island reef:
All gold and calm save where an off-shore draft
Lays bluer patterns of fan-palm leaf
Beyond the rock and stirring sea-gull's raft.

So have I now, as not before surmised,
A new and fearless youth released of pain;
Heedless of speculative ends long prized
And grief begot of ease and idle hope:
As when I turn the pages of Montaigne --
Old sufferer, old sage, old horoscope!





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