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CANTO II. I. Pigging ife Scene?Edwin's Rooms, Trinity College,
Dublin. MORDAUNT. 'HAT is truth, and where is truth ? I ask. The
deep sea wave's unbroken blue is kept; But where the shallows are,
like vanity Of human life, the surge uplifts itself And topples
o'er; and all the blue is lost With groans in mud and sand, and
grinding 'stones ! Life has colour, which the eye can see: It
ends?and ghosts gibber in the shades ! Aubrey (aside). He has got a
craze brand-new since yesterday ! Edwin. What is truth, and where
is truth ? we ask With Pilate; and with Pilate go, and leave The
truth unclaimed with Him, who is the truth. But He sits calm above;
we toss below, Scarce floating on the treacherous brine of life?
Mordaunt. A storm-god puffs at us, and down we sink ! EDWIN. Well,
sink thro' waves: but waves are possible, Because upholding in its
unpierced urn, The great earth gives them to the sporting winds To
toy with. Sure I am a purposed plan, Perfect as is the rolling,
rounded earth, And strong as valleyed mountains, circles us. No
drop is spilt, no life is lost. MORDAUNT. No drop Is spilt, you
say. No life is lost, you say. The more the pity then, say I, if
aught In life be wise but " seize the passing hour." Aye dig, delve
down deeper than miner works, And cut a passage thro' the
encircling plan, And spill the gathered tears and groaning sighs To
sheer vacuity on t 'other side; That not a solitary drop be found
Of life's elixir. EDWIN. Spoken like a man With perfect faith in
naught, but his own ken Of all he knows not, inverse ratio! To
build a house, or e 'en a paper boat To please his dabbling boy
will cause him doubt As to proficiency: but make a world, Or launch
an ark with thronging man and beast, ...
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