Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONNET, by BAYARD TAYLOR



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First Line: Who, harnessed in his mail of self, demands
Last Line: This know the men who leave the world their names.
Alternate Author Name(s): Taylor, James Bayard
Subject(s): Dreams; Home; Poetry & Poets; Nightmares


WHO, harnessed in his mail of Self, demands
To be men's master and their sovran guide? --
Proclaims his place, and by sole right of pride
A candidate for love and reverence stands,
As if the power within his empty hands
Had fallen from the sky, with all beside,
So oft to longing and to toil denied,
That makes the leaders and the lords of lands?
He who would lead must first himself be led;
Who would be loved be capable of love
Beyond the utmost he receives; who claims
The rod of power must first have bowed his head,
And, being honored, honor what's above:
This know the men who leave the world their names.





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