"Truth," said a traveller

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"Truth," said a traveller  (1905) 
by Stephen Crane
This poem was published in 1905 in the volume The Black Rider & Other Lines.


"Truth," said a traveller,
"Is a rock, a mighty fortress;
Often have I been to it,
Even to its highest tower,
From whence the world looks black."

"Truth," said a traveller,
"Is a breath, a wind,
A shadow, a phantom;
Long have I pursued it,
But never have I touched
The hem of its garment."

And I believed the second traveller;
For truth was to me
A breath, a wind,
A shadow, a phantom,
And never had I touched
The hem of its garment.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.