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C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

The Infinite

By John Boyle O’Reilly (1844–1890)

THE INFINITE always is silent:

It is only the Finite speaks.

Our words are the idle wave-caps

On the deep that never breaks.

We may question with wand of science,

Explain, decide, and discuss;

But only in meditation

The Mystery speaks to us.