TQ3081 : Quotation on floor of Great Court, British Museum

taken 10 years ago, near to London, City of London, Great Britain

Quotation on floor of Great Court, British Museum
Quotation on floor of Great Court, British Museum
The BM seem to be quoting "The Two Voices" in quite a different sense from the poet's meaning, for this is the "still small voice" of despair speaking, and his meaning seems to be - even if you could do this, you would still be, essentially, ignorant:

'Will thirty seasons render plain
Those lonely lights that still remain,
Just breaking over land and main?

'Or make that morn, from his cold crown
And crystal silence creeping down,
Flood with full daylight glebe and town?

'Forerun thy peers, thy time, ***and let
Thy feet, millenniums hence, be set
In midst of knowledge***, dream'd not yet.

'Thou hast not gain'd a real height,
Nor art thou nearer to the light,
Because the scale is infinite.

''Twere better not to breathe or speak,
Than cry for strength, remaining weak,
And seem to find, but still to seek.

'Moreover, but to seem to find
Asks what thou lackest, thought resign'd,
A healthy frame, a quiet mind.'

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Wednesday, 23 January, 2008   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 23 January, 2008
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