The Eye and the Object

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The Eye and the Object
written by John Masefield
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When soul's companion fails,
When flesh (that neighed once) ails,
When body shortens sails,

O soul, break through the netting
Of failing and forgetting,
See clearer for sun-setting;

See clearer, and be cheerly,
See thou the image clearly,
Love thou the image dearly.

For out of love and seeing
Beauty herself has being,
Beauty our queen;
Who with calm spirit guards us
And with dear love rewards us
In courts for ever green.


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