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Original Text: 
The Poems of Archibald Lampman, ed. Duncan Campbell Scott (Toronto: George N. Morang, 1900): 107-08, as reprinted in The Poems of Archibald Lampman (including At the Long Sault), intro. by Margaret Coulby of Toronto Press, 1974), and from Among the Millet and Other Poems (Ottawa: Durie, 1888).
1Not to be conquered by these headlong days,
2    But to stand free: to keep the mind at brood
3    On life's deep meaning, nature's altitude
4Of loveliness, and time's mysterious ways;
5At every thought and deed to clear the haze
6    Out of our eyes, considering only this,
7    What man, what life, what love, what beauty is,
8This is to live, and win the final praise.
9Though strife, ill fortune, and harsh human need
10    Beat down the soul, at moments blind and dumb
11    With agony; yet, patience-there shall come
12        Many great voices from life's outer sea,
13    Hours of strange triumph, and, when few men heed,
14        Murmurs and glimpses of eternity.
Publication Start Year: 
1888
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1997.
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