In Tesla's Laboratory

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In Tesla's Laboratory
by Robert Underwood Johnson


IN TESLA'S LABORATORY

Here in the dark what ghostly figures press!—
    No phantom of the Past, or grim or sad;
    No wailing spirit of woe; no specter, clad
In white and wandering cloud, whose dumb distress
Is that its crime it never may confess ;
    No shape from the strewn sea; nor they that add
    The link of Life and Death,—the tearless mad,
That live nor die in dreary nothingness:

But blessed spirits waiting to be born
    Thoughts to unlock the fettering chains of Things;
        The Better Time; the Universal Good.
Their smile is like the joyous break of morn;
    How fair, how near, how wistfully they brood!
Listen! that murmur is of angels' wings.


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