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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Firmness
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 

                WE must not stint
Our necessary actions in the fear
To cope malicious censurers; which ever,
As ravenous fishes, do a vessel follow
That is new trimmed; but benefit no farther        5
Than vainly longing. What we oft do best,
By sick interpreters, once weak ones, is
Not ours, or not allowed; what worse, as oft,
Hitting a grosser quality, is cried up
For our best act. If we shall stand still,        10
In fear our motion will be mocked or carped at,
We should take root here where we sit, or sit
State statues only.
 
 
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