I Held It Truth, With Him Who Sings To One Clear Harp In Divers Tones, That Men May Rise On Stepping-stones Of Their Dead Selves To Higher Things.

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I held it truth, with him who sings
To one clear harp in divers tones,
That men may rise on stepping-stones
Of their dead selves to higher things.
-- Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
-- In Memoriam, i, Stanza 1