| "A Noiseless, Patient Spider"
A noiseless, patient spider,
I mark'd, where. on a little promontory, it stood, isolated;
Mark'd how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launched forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself;
Ever unreeling them--ever tirelessly speeding them. . .
| "The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it."