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BEGINNING MY STUDIES.

BEGINNING my studies, the first step pleas'd me so much,
The mere fact, consciousness—these forms—the pow-
er of motion,
The least insect or animal—the senses—eyesight;
The first step, I say, aw'd me and pleas'd me so much,
I have never gone, and never wish'd to go, any farther,
But stop and loiter all my life, to sing it in extatic songs.

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