Last Songs from Vagabondia

by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey


 

HARMONICS


 

"TRUTH is not a creed,
For it does not need
Ever an apology.
Truth is not an ology;
'T is not part, but all.
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Priests and savans shall
Never solve the mystic
Problem. The artistic
Mind alone of all can tell
What is Truth.
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"Poet, thou art wisest;
Dogmas thou despisest—
Science little prizest.
Tell us, for thou knowest well,
What is Truth."
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Spake the seekers to an holy
Bard, who answered, mild and lowly—
This, all this, was in the olden
Days when Saturn’s reign was golden —

"Shall I read the riddle—
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Tell you what is Truth?
Truth is not the first
Not the last or middle;
'T is the beautiful
And symmetric whole,
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Embracing best and worst,
Embracing age and youth.

"All the universe
Is one mighty song,
Wherein every star

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Chants out loud and strong
Each set note and word
It must aye rehearse.
Though the parts may jar,
The whole is as one chord."
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