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

Author Unknown


[The Ocean Shows a Tide, but a Puddle Does Not]

THE MOON’S bright rays to flood will swell

The boundless ocean’s breast;

And though on springs she casts her spell.

Unmoved their waters rest.

Some touch of greatness there must be

In common ’twixt the moon and sea.

And so it is with poets’ work,

And men of common mind:

Their souls need first thy spirit’s touch,

O poesy divine!