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New Hampshire Eclogue

I watched rude farmers toiling east of
    Keene:
One farmer’s engine coming on a corpse
Ground through the bones, moved on, and
   no harm done—
No harm but to the gossamer-thin wraith
Winding its way toward distant Golgotha.
The unredeemed are strewn across the world,
Clipped in this torment sleek as a machine,
Their brave skulls used for playing skittles
    now
By jaunty seminarians after dark.
But some men’s minds cannot too well digest
The word made flesh still writhing on its
   rack,
The raw bog sucking down indifferently
Sheriff and murdered man and murderer:
But, green-eyed sorceress peering from
    each tree
To see your bronze bees storming round
   their hive,
I keep your image in my pupil fixed,
For yours, of all states, is the blessedest
Who driving all things draw them to
    yourself:
The great browned plane leaves flapping
   in a gale
That comes from nowhere, or all sides
    at once,
Acknowledge you as motive, and I stare
At your blind Pythian will that portions out
To the dim fire-fly apprehending space
Its magic scope; or in deep woods allows
Brief fabulous dominion to the frog
Or me to find enchanted in his tank
One tiny turtle worshipping the sun.

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