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"IF THOU INDEED DERIVE THY LIGHT FROM HEAVEN"

          IF thou indeed derive thy light from Heaven,
          Then, to the measure of that heaven-born light,
          Shine, Poet! in thy place, and be content:--
          The stars pre-eminent in magnitude,
          And they that from the zenith dart their beams,
          (Visible though they be to half the earth,
          Though half a sphere be conscious of their brightness)
          Are yet of no diviner origin,
          No purer essence, than the one that burns,
          Like an untended watch-fire on the ridge                    10
          Of some dark mountain; or than those which seem
          Humbly to hang, like twinkling winter lamps,
          Among the branches of the leafless trees.
          All are the undying offspring of one Sire:
          Then, to the measure of the light vouchsafed,
          Shine, Poet! in thy place, and be content.
                                                              1832.


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