Inside the gloom / Of a garret room

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Inside the gloom
Of a garret room

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The constellations
Took up their stations

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Menagerie
Of the August sky

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The Scorpion
All alone

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With his tail on fire
Danced on a wire

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And Cassiopea
Explained the Pure Idea

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The Major Bear
Balanced a chair

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To show the direction
Of intellection

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And Pegasus the winged horse
Explained the scheme of Vital Force

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And Cetus too, by way of a satire
Explained the relation of life to matter

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And the Pole Star while the debate was rife
Explained the use of a Place in Life

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Then Bootes, unsettled
And visibly nettled

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Said Are not all these questions
Brought up by indigestions?

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So they cried and chattered
As if it mattered.
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