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[275] And higher, warmed with summer lights,
     Or winter-crowned and hoary,
The ridged horizon lifts for him
     Its inner veils of glory.

He has his own free, bookless lore,
     The lessons nature taught him,
The wisdom which the woods and hills
     And toiling men have brought him:

The steady force of will whereby
     Her flexile grace seems sweeter;
The sturdy counterpoise which makes
     Her woman's life completer;

A latent fire of soul which lacks
     No breath of love to fan it;
And wit, that, like his native brooks,
     Plays over solid granite.

How dwarfed against his manliness
     She sees the poor pretension,
The wants, the aims, the follies, born
     Of fashion and convention!

How life behind its accidents
     Stands strong and self-sustaining,
The human fact transcending all
     The losing and the gaining.

And so in grateful interchange
     Of teacher and of hearer,
Their lives their true distinctness keep
     While daily drawing nearer.

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