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FOREVER IN MY DREAM AND IN MY MORNING THOUGHT, by             Poet's Biography
Last Line: He knows not when nor how
Subject(s): Dreams; Mountains


Forever in my dream & in my morning thought
''aEastward a mount ascends''"
But when in the sunbeam its hard outline is sought''"
''aIt all dissolves & ends.
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The woods that way are gates''"the pastures too slope up
''aTo an unearthly ground''"
But when I ask my mates, to take the staff & cup,
''aIt can no more be found''"
Perchance I have no shoes fit for the lofty soil
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''aWhere my thoughts graze''"
No properly spun clues''"nor well strained mid day oil
''aOr''"must I mend my ways?
It is a promised land which I have not yet earned,
''aI have not made beginning
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With consecrated hand''"I have not even learned
''aTo lay the underpinning.
The mountain sinks by day''"as do my lofty thoughts,
''aBecause I'm not highminded.
If I could think alway above these hills & warts
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''aI should see it, though blinded.
It is a spiral path within the pilgrim's soul
''aLeads to this mountain's brow
Commencing at his hearth he reaches to this goal
''aHe knows not when nor how.





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