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[274] For larger life and wiser aims
     The farmer is her debtor;
Who holds to his another's heart
     Must needs be worse or better.

Through her his civic service shows
     A purer-toned ambition;
No double consciousness divides
     The mall and politician.

In party's doubtful ways he trusts
     Her instincts to determine;
At the loud polls, the thought of her
     Recalls Christ's Mountain Sermon.

He owns her logic of the heart,
     And wisdom of unreason,
Supplying, while lie doubts and weighs,
     The needed word in season.

He sees with pride her richer thought,
     Her fancy's freer ranges;
And love thus deepened to respect
     Is proof against all changes.

And if she walks at ease in ways
     His feet are slow to travel,
And if she reads with cultured eyes
     What his may scarce unravel,

Still clearer, for her keener sight
     Of beauty and of wonder,
He learns the meaning of the hills
     He dwelt from childhood under.

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