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Myself


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I feel myself in need Of the inspiring strains of ancient lore, My heart to lift, my empty mind to feed, And all the world explore.

I know that I am old And never can recover what is past, But for the future may some light unfold And soar from ages blast.

I feel resolved to try, My wish to prove, my calling to pursue, Or mount up from the earth into the sky, To show what Heaven can do.

My genius from a boy, Has fluttered like a bird within my heart; But could not thus confined her powers employ, Impatient to depart.

She like a restless bird, Would spread her wings, her power to be unfurl’d And let her songs be loudly heard, And dart from world to world.

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“Myself”

By George Moses Horton

Read by Brian Harrison

Directed by Walter Evans

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