Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Life Without and Life Within; or, Reviews, Narratives, Essays, and Poems, ed. Arthur B. Fuller (Boston: Brown, Taggard and Chase, 1860): 371. Internet Archive
1We deemed the secret lost, the spirit gone,
2 Which spake in Greek simplicity of thought,
3 And in the forms of gods and heroes wrought
4Eternal beauty from the sculptured stone,—
5A higher charm than modern culture won
6 With all the wealth of metaphysic lore,
7 Gifted to analyze, dissect, explore.
8A many-colored light flows from one sun:
9Art, ’neath its beams, a motley thread has spun;
10 The prism modifies the perfect day;
11But thou hast known such mediums to shun,
12 And cast once more on life a pure white ray.
13Absorbed in the creations of thy mind,
14Forgetting daily self, my truest self I find.
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