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(printed in Two Rivulets 1876) I met a Seer, Passing the hues and objects of the  
The ? sweets ? fruits ? joys ? fields ? fruits of art , material joys & learning, pleasure,  
 & sense
To glean Eidólons
Put in thy chant, said he. No more the visible human fleeting, fractional face  
 or limb,
Nor hour, nor day—no ^segments, parts put in,  
 Put in Eidólons only.
Lo! I or you, Or ^Woman, Man ^of us, or State, known or unknown While ^We seeming solid ^beauty, wealth, or  
 strength ^or beauty we build, we ? better build,
We ^But really build Eidólons.
  [begin leaf 1 verso]   [begin leaf 2 recto] 10 [cut away] or man, woman, Its due Eidolon Out of each shape of life, For From Of each corporeal bodily life, Each atom ^duly surely gathered,—not a thought, Emotion, deed, left out—issues at last,  
 to last.
Its The Its due Eidolon. ? The Its ^Its full Eidolon The ostent evanescent, The ostent is the dream; Known or unknown, The end ^summon of all the poet's an artist's moods, or  
  ? savan's studies long,
The Or warrior's, martyr's, hero's life toils To fashion his Eidolon.
  [begin leaf 2 verso] [cut away] what means it? The savan—recks he [cut away]   [begin leaf 3 recto] 7 The old, old urge, ^To-day Based on the ancient, higher  
 pinnacles,; rise lo! on higher pinnacles
From Science & the modern ^still impell'd The old, old urge, Eidolons
The present now & here Of current hours, & days, ^To-day's Present Americas, ^now & here, a busy, ^teeming, intricate whirl, Of aggregate & segregate, & ^duly for over duly thence releasing, Present To-day's Eidolons   [begin leaf 3 verso]   [begin leaf 4 recto] 6 Myriads & The noiseless mystic myriads! The infinite oceans where the  
 rivers empty!
The vital free existences, separate countless free identities like eyesight! Spaces Reality's Mystic Noiseless Eidolons!
Not these Not this the World, Nor these the Universes—they the Universes, Purport and end—ever the ^permanent life of life Eidolons, Eidolons Beyond thy lectures, learn'd professor, ^Beyond Thy telescope, or microscope, Thy chyemistry, savan—thy sur Beyond the doctor's surgery, anatomy Beyond thy microscope or telescope telescope or spectroscope,  
  savan observer keen,
Beyond the doctor's surgery, anatomy—  
 beyond all chemistry,
? Real, as they, as all Viewless at least, ^ rReal Identities— The real entities—Eidolons.
  [begin leaf 4 verso] Of ^visible forms and Forms [no handwritten text supplied here] disappear Rocks, mountains, crumbling  
 lost in time,
Eidolons everlasting.
The object of the past [cut away] The [cut away]   [begin leaf 5 recto] 4 Tallies of Time The vVaried, infinite & Unfixed, yet fixed, So Ever have been, to be,— ever shall be, have been, and are, Boundless with as tTime ? & tallying filling space, Eidolons, Eidolons. The prophet & the bard, Sh Yet, Shall yet maintain themselves—^—in higher stages yet or new or old, Yet Shall only mediate ^to Democracy, at the ^last^^to the Modern— to its interpret yet to them God and Eidolons. For ^And thee, for thee, O Soul, Joys, ceaseless exercises exaltations Thy yearnings ^amply met at last—^ thy with due prepared mystic  
Thy ^ prepared mystic mates, Eidolons.
While of thy varied songs, No special strains thou sing'st—  
 —or this, or that,
None for itself—but from the Whole  
 to rise and float ^fore'er in space,
A round full-orb'd Eidolon.
  [begin leaf 5 verso]
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