INFLUENCE - Ada Cambridge Poems


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As in the mists of embryonic night,
   Out of the deep and dark obscurities
   Of Nature‚Äôs womb, the little life-germs rise,
Pushing by instinct upward to the light;
As, when the first ray dawns on waking sight,
   They leap to liberty, and recognize
   The golden sunshine and the morning skies
Their own inheritance by inborn right; --

So do our brooding thoughts and deep desires
   Grow in our souls, we know not how or why;
   Grope for we know not what, all blind and dumb.
So, when the time is ripe, and one aspires
   To free his thought in speech, ours hear the cry,
   And to full birth and instant knowledge come.