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XXVIII [“Truth," said a traveller]

“Truth," said a traveller, 
“Is a rock, a mighty fortress; 
“Often have I been to it, 
“Even to its highest tower, 
“From whence the world looks black.”

“Truth," said a traveller, 
“Is a breath, a wind, 
“A shadow, a phantom; 
“Long have I pursued it, 
“But never have I touched 
“The hem of its garment.”

And I believed the second traveller; 
For truth was to me 
A breath, a wind, 
A shadow, a phantom, 
And never had I touched 
The hem of its garment.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain.

Author


Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane, born in 1871, was a prolific writer of poetry and fiction.

Date Published: 2017-12-07

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/xxviii-truth-said-traveller