Thus He dwells in all,
From life's minute beginnings, up at last
To Man–the consummation of this scheme
Of being, the completion of this sphere
Of life: whose attributes had here and there
Been scattered o'er the visible world before,
Asking to be combined, dim fragments meant
To be united in some wondrous whole,
Imperfect qualities throughout creation,
Suggesting some one creature yet to make,
Some point where all those scattered rays should meet,
Convergent in the faculties of Man.
When all the race is perfected alike
As Man, that is; all tended to Mankind,
And, Man proudced, all has its end thus far:
But in completed Man begins anew
A tendency to God. Prognostics told
Man's near approach; so in Man's self arise
August anticipations, symbols, types
Of a dim splendour ever on before
In that eternal circle life pursues.
For Men begin to pass their nature's bound
And find new hopes an cares which fast supplant
Their proper joys and giefs; ther grow too great
For narrow creeds of right and wrong, which fade,
Before the unmeasured thirst for good; while peace
Rises within them ever more and more.
Such men are even now upon the earth,
Serene amid the half–formed creatures round.