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The Rembrandt Room

I sat a long while in the Rembrandt room And let those living eyes search out my depths. I saw the faces move from out the gloom

Into the light. Then suddenly I met

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The gaze of him who brought the others here

and felt the firm restraint, the self-denial -

The disciplined compassion, and the clear

Distinction between trivia and detail.

The centuries collapsed beneath the weight

Of timeless individuality.

The Rembrandt room transcended time and space

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To catch the present up eternally.

The teeming centuries were tightly linked

By individuality, intact, distinct.