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Witter Bynner: The New Life

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

The New Life

Witter Bynner

Perhaps they laughed at Dante in his youth,
Told him that truth
Had unappealably been said
In the great masterpieces of the dead: ?
Perhaps he listened and but bowed his head
In acquiescent honour, while his heart
Held natal tidings, ? that a new life is the part
Of every man that's born,
A new life never lived before,
And a new expectant art;
It is the variations of the morn
That are forever, more and more,
The single dawning of the single truth.
So answers Dante to the heart of youth!
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