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"WEAK IS THE WILL OF MAN, HIS JUDGMENT BLIND"

          'WEAK is the will of Man, his judgment blind;
          'Remembrance persecutes, and Hope betrays;
          'Heavy is woe;--and joy, for human-kind,
          'A mournful thing, so transient is the blaze!'
          Thus might 'he' paint our lot of mortal days
          Who wants the glorious faculty assigned
          To elevate the more-than-reasoning Mind,
          And colour life's dark cloud with orient rays.
          Imagination is that sacred power,
          Imagination lofty and refined;                              10
          'Tis hers to pluck the amaranthine flower
          Of Faith, and round the Sufferer's temples bind
          Wreaths that endure affliction's heaviest shower,
          And do not shrink from sorrow's keenest wind.


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