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Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Men Say They Know Many Things

              1Men say they know many things;
              2But lo! they have taken wings, --
              3The arts and sciences,
              4And a thousand appliances;
              5The wind that blows
              6Is all that any body knows.

Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Collected Poems of Henry David Thoreau, ed. Carl Bode (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1964): 24. PS 3041 .B6 1964 Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/8/12

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