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Or : remember, G. S.
begins « Making of Americans »
With a quote From Nicomachus’ father –
With patient father and angry son –
That she said,
« How can you know
More than you do know
And we are still in the shadow
of explanation, »
Add to her insight (« in all periods before
Things had been said
But never explained.
So then they began to explain »)
Long before « before »
Too, they had explained a long time.

« A12 »
« A »
University of California Press 1978
p. 168–169
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