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'Tis folly to be wise.
 

Alas, regardless of their doom, the little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come, nor care beyond to-day.
 

And weep the more, because I weep in vain.
 

As to posterity, I may ask what has it ever done to oblige me?
[Posterity]
 

Commerce changes the fate and genius of nations.
 

Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife.
[Retirement]
 

Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
[Obscurity]
 

Full many a gem of purest ray serene the dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear: full many a flower is born to blush unseen, and waste its sweetness on the desert air.
[Obscurity]
 

Full many a gem of purest ray serene, The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear.
 

Hard unkindness mocks the tear it forced to flow.
[Unkindness]
 

He gave to misery (all he had) a tear.
 

I shall be but a shrimp of an author.
 

If the best man's faults were written on his forehead, he would draw his hat over his eyes.
[Faults]
 

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
[Poetry]
 

Some village Hampden, that, with dauntless breast, The little tyrant of his fields withstood, Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest, Some Cromwell guiltless of his country's blood.
 

The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, and all that beauty, all that wealth e'er gave, await alike the inevitable hour; the path of glory leads but to the grave.
[Mortality]
 

The breezy call of incense-breathing morn.
 

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day, The lowing herd winds slowly o'er the lea, The ploughman homeward plods his weary way, And leaves the world to darkness and to me.
 

The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
[Glory]
 

Thoughts that breathe and words that burn.
[Eloquence]
 


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