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Tennyson, Alfred Lord - In Memoriam A H H - The baby new to earth and sky

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013883

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Alfred Lord Tennyson – from In Memoriam A.H.H.

The baby new to earth and sky,
What time his tender palm is pressed
Against the circle of the breast
Has never thought that 'This is I'.

But as he grows he gathers much
And learns the use of 'I' and 'me'
And finds 'I am not what I see
And other than the things I touch'.

So rounds he to a separate mind
From whence clear memory may begin
As thro' the frame that binds him in
His isolation grows defined.

This use may lie in blood and breath,
Which else were fruitless of their due
Had man to learn himself anew
Beyond the second birth of Death

The source of the experience

Tennyson, Alfred Lord

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