The Human Tragedy, a Poem

The Human Tragedy, a Poem

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...cynic lore which, merging in the Present All Past, all Future, basks in what is pleasant. XIX. He stood mid-way: still young enough to love, Yet old enough to know Love's impotence Against the world's rough sentinels that shove The pert intruder and his poor pretence, .All unaccredited, from doors above Which--unsophisticated folks to fence--, Should be inscribed in legible MS. "No entrance here except on business." XX. What business had Hubert on the premises? He loved?.. He loved! A pretty story, truly. Suppose he drew a bill--for this our premiss is--For.. ninety pounds, would it be honoured duly? Then should he dread the marriage-making Nemesis Who, mild at first, doth always prove unruly To him who once within its precincts ventures Without the current coin--at least, debentures. XXI. He should have gone--you say?--and bravely sweated His brain and body down to golden shekels, Lied in foul Courts, or duped in alleys fetid, Have speculated with his name where reek hells Of gambling--pardon!--commerce, and have netted Enough to make him honoured with his equals. His labour then had justly claimed its guerdon. We are not, please you, sir, all beasts of burden. XXII. What odds? I know my fiat is heretical, That gold be not the lode-star of your lives. All other aims are puerile and poetical, Baulking the fool who soars for such or dives; And they no less must needs be arithmetical Who think to have your daughters for their wives. Unless they have or heirs be to a title; Of course that alters matters, and doth right all. XXIII. 0 parked-in Maidens! if ye must not love Unless, emerging from my simple cottage 1 abdicate my holding from Above, And sell my birthright for a mess of pottage, Grub in the gutter, and be hand and glove With the...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236549201
  • 9781236549204