Could We as Mortals

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The Poetical Works of Charles Harpur, ed. Elizabeth Perkins (London, Sydney and Melbourne: Angus & Robertson, 1984). Online at the University of Sydney Library at

1Could we as mortals but our end foresee,
2How little in our minds the world would be;
3Could we as spirits but this life renew,
4    And be again incarnate as we were,
5How little might be done like what we do,
6    How little cared for that which now is most our care.
RPO poem Editors: 
Cameron La Follette
Data entry: Sharine Leung
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