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


By Theodore Dwight Woolsey (1801–1889)

[Eros, and Other Poems. Printed for Private Circulation. 1880.]

  • Plato, who alone of all the Greeks touched the porch of truth.
  • EUSEB., Præp. Evangel., XIII., 14.

  • I STOOD, methought, fast by heaven’s outer gate,

    When Plato, blindfold, humbly to the door

    Came with weak steps, if he might venture o’er

    The threshold doubting, or without must wait.

    When he, who in the Master’s bosom lay,

    And saw the mysteries nearest to the throne,

    Drew nigh, and led the mild enthusiast on

    Up to the Eternal Word, Heaven’s fount of day.

    “There,” said the Apostle to the kindred mind,

    “Dwells truth, whose shadows thou wast fain to trace;

    There beauty, which thy dreams wandered to find;

    There love, which swells beyond the soul’s embrace.”

    Then loosed the bandage, and the sage, no more

    A sage but saint, beheld and knelt to adore.