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Quote #1

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away (lines 1-2)

These lines practically have a breath of fresh sea air written into them. They remind us of the freedom and sense of possibility that reading affords us.

Quote #2

This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll – (lines 5-6)

Through reading, even the poorest person can be free to travel wherever they like, without having to pay for a toll or ticket. Imagine a good book as a kind of magic carpet, good for travel anywhere.

Quote #3

How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human soul. (lines 7-8)

These closing lines remind us that our bodies are just shells for what really matters – our souls. Books and stories are the "Chariots" that allow us to be free to roam in spirit, if not in body.

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