Conrad Aiken quotes

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Music I heard with you was more than music,
And bread I broke with you was more than bread;
Time in the heart and sequence in the brain--
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Rimbaud and Verlaine, precious pair of poets,
Genius in both (but what is genius?) playing
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'Rimbaud, there is one thing to do:
We must take rhetoric, and wring its neck! . . .'
This is the shape of the tree,
And the flower and the leaf, and the three pale beautiful pilgrims:
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It is morning, Senlin says, and in the morning
When the light drips through the shutters like the dew,
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in the morning
Should I not pause in the light to remember God?
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I ascend from darkness
And depart on the winds of space for I know not where;
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. . . Look! this flesh how it crumbles to dust and is blown!
These bones, how they grind in the granite of frost and are noth
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How shall we praise the magnificence of the dead,
The great man humbled, the haughty brought to dust?
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