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Bat, Bat, Come Under my Hat

Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts 1860 (Douglas) – 1943 (Toronto)

(A Modernity)
  Twelve good friends
  Passed under her hat,
  And devil a one of them
  Knew where he was at.
  Had they but known,
  Then had they known all things, --
  The littleness of great things,
  The unmeasured immensity of small things.
  They had known the Where and the Why,
  The When and the Wherefore,
  And how the Eternal
  Conceived the Eternal, and therefore
  Beginning began the Beginning;
  They had apprehended
  The ultimate virtue of sinning;
  They had caught the whisper
  That Vega vibrates to Arcturus,
  Piercing the walls
  Of heavy flesh that immure us.

  But if they had known,
  Then had there been no mystery;
  And Life had been poorer,
  And laughter unsurer,
  And the shadow of death securer,
  By lack of this brief history.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts

Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts (January 10, 1860 – November 26, 1943) was a Canadian poet and prose writer. He was one of the first Canadian authors to be internationally known. more…

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