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[104] naturally ranks. The mere title, ‘Some Lover's Clear Day,’ of Weiss's poem will endure, perhaps, after the verses themselves and all else connected with that unique and wayward personality are forgotten. It is many years since I myself wrote of ‘that rare and unappreciated thinker, Brownlee Brown;’ and he is less known now than he was then; yet his poem on Immortality, preserved by Stedman and Hutchinson, is so magnificent that it cheapens most of its contemporary literature, and seems alone worth a life otherwise obscure. It is founded on Xenophon's well-known story of the soldiers of Cyrus's expedition. ‘As soon as the men who were in the vanguard had climbed the hill and beheld the sea, they gave a great shout . . . crying θάλαττα! θάλαττα!

The Cry of the ten thousand.

I stand upon the summit of my life:
Behind, the camp, the court, the field, the grove,
The battle and the burden; vast, afar,
Beyond these weary ways, Behold, the Sea!
The sea o'erswept by clouds and winds and wings,
By thoughts and wishes manifold, whose breath
Is freshness, and whose mighty pulse is peace.
Palter no question of the horizon dim,--
Cut loose the bark; such voyage itself is rest,
Majestic motion, unimpeded scope,

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