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Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861)

Ah! Yet Consider it Again!

              1"Old things need not be therefore true,"
              2O brother men, nor yet the new;
              3Ah! still awhile the old thought retain,
              4And yet consider it again!

              5The souls of now two thousand years
              6Have laid up here their toils and tears,
              7And all the earnings of their pain,--
              8Ah, yet consider it again!

              9We! what do we see? each a space
            10Of some few yards before his face;
            11Does that the whole wide plan explain?
            12Ah, yet consider it again!

            13Alas! the great world goes its way,
            14And takes its truth from each new day;
            15They do not quit, nor can retain,
            16Far less consider it again.


1] The title was added in 1869.

6] here: in the Christian religion.

Online text copyright © 2003, 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: Arthur Hugh Clough, Poems, with a Memoir (Cambridge: Macmillan, 1862). PR 4455 A2 1862 ROBA TRIN. The standard recent edition of Clough's poetry is The Poems of Arthur Hugh Clough, edited by H. F. Lowry, A. L. P. Norrington and F. L. Mulhauser (Oxford, 1951).
First publication date: 1862
RPO poem editor: Margaret Frances (Sister St. Francis) Nims
RP edition: 3RP 3.196.
Recent editing: 4:2002/1/30

Composition date: 1851
Rhyme: aabb

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