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TO THE EDITOR OF THE ATLANTIC
The experience of your anonymous contributor, as told in the May Atlantic, is singular but not unique. From a scrapbook of the war-days of 1861, I extract the subjoined stanza of a poem in which the writer tells how he approached the Infinite. No name is given; it was but the vagrant verse from the poets' corner of a country
Only sometimes we lie,
And shadowy dreams divine,
Our troubled hearts invest,
And for one moment we
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great movements. And, since it his enlightening explanations."
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