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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps. A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes. 1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889

On a Great Poet’s Obscurity

By Robert Underwood Johnson (1853–1937)

WHAT means his line? You say none knows?

Yet one perhaps may learn—in time:

For, sure, could life be told in prose

There were no need at all for rhyme.

Alike two waters blunt the sight—

The muddy shallow and the sea;

Here every current leads aright

To deeps where lucent wonders be.