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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Time, Real and Imaginary

By Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)

ON the wide level of a mountain’s head

(I knew not where, but ’twas some faery place),

Their pinions, ostrich-like, for sails outspread,

Two lovely children run an endless race,

A sister and a brother!

This far outstript the other;

Yet ever runs she with reverted face,

And looks and listens for the boy behind:

For he, alas! is blind!

O’er rough and smooth with even step he passed,

And knows not whether he be first or last.