The Blind Summit

So mounts the child of ages of desire,
Man, up the steeps of Thought; and would behold
Yet purer peaks, touched with unearthlier fire,
In sudden prospect virginally new;
But on the lone last height he sighs: " 'Tis cold,
And clouds shut out the view. "

Ah, doom of mortals! Vexed with phantoms old,
Old phantoms that waylay us and pursue —
Weary of dreams, we think to see unfold
The eternal landscape of the Real and True;
And on our Pisgah can but write: " 'Tis cold,
And clouds shut out the view. "
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