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Those who traverse the whole world on foot
And in this search for the two worlds, wax old,
I do not become (aware) that they ever
Become masters of this present state, such as it is.

 

F4 27

Myself when young did eagerly frequent
Doctor and Saint, and heard great argument
About it and about: but evermore
Came out by the same door where in I went.

Nic 124

Ceux dont les pieds ont foulé le monde, qui pour s'en approprier les richesses ont arpené les deux hémisphères, je ne sache pas que ceux-là aient jamais su s'expliquer l'état véritable, la situation réelle des choses d'ici-bas.

P 353

Those who in quest of Him have worn earth's face away,
Who've measured with their feet the worlds of Night and Day,
Ne'er have I heard, for all their travailing, that they
The case, such as it is indeed, have fathomed aye.

Th 195

Those who have worn the earth beneath their tread,
Who seeking Him o'er both the worlds have sped,
I never have been told that they this case
Have as it is, aright interpreted.

Wh 151

The sages who have compassed sea and land,
Their secret to search out, and understand -
My mind misgives me if they ever solve
The scheme on which this universe is planned.

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