Yet each man, following his sympathies,
Unto himself assimilating all,
Using men's thoughts and forms as steps to rise,
Who speaks at last his individual word,
The free result of all things seen and heard,
Is in the noblest sense original.
Each to himself must be his final rule,
Supreme dictator, to reject or use,
Employing what he takes but as his tool,
But he who, self-sufficient, dares refuse,
All aid of men, must be a god or fool.
W. W. Story.
"A Contemporary Criticism."