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George Meredith


DEEPEST and keenest of our time who pace
The variant by-paths of the uncertain heart,
 In undiscerned mysterious ways apart,
Thou huntest on the Assyrian monster's trace:
That sweeping-pinioned Thing—with human face,
 Poor Man, with wings hoof-weighted lest they start
 To try the breeze above this human mart,
In heights pre-occupied of a god-like race.


Among the stammering sophists of the age
 Thy words are absolute, thy vision true;
No hand but thine is found to fit the gage
 The Titan, Shakespeare, to a whole world threw.
Till thou hadst boldly to his challenge sprung,
No rival had he in our English tongue.