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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vol. III: Literature of the Revolutionary Period, 1765–1787
 
What Is Happiness?
By Joseph Brown Ladd (1764–1786)
 
[Born in Newport, R. I., 1764. Died at Charleston, S. C., 1786. The Poems of Arouet. 1786.]

’TIS an empty, fleeting shade,
By imagination made:
’Tis a bubble, straw, or worse
’Tis a baby’s hobby-horse:
’Tis two hundred shillings clear;        5
’Tis ten thousand pounds a year:
’Tis a title, ’tis a name;
’Tis a puff of empty fame;
Fickle as the breezes blow;
’Tis a lady’s yes or no!        10
And when the description’s crowned,
’Tis just nowhere to be found.
  Arouet shows, I must confess,
Says Delia, what is happiness;
I wish he now would tell us what        15
This self-same happiness is not.
  What happiness is not? I vow,
That, Delia, you have posed me now:
What it is not—stay, let me see—
I think, dear maid, ’tis—not for me.

END OF VOL. III.
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