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   English Poetry III: From Tennyson to Whitman.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
683. The Old Stoic
 
Emily Bronte (1818–1848)
 
 
RICHES I hold in light esteem,
  And Love I laugh to scorn;
And lust of fame was but a dream,
  That vanish’d with the morn:
 
And if I pray, the only prayer        5
  That moves my lips for me
Is, ’Leave the heart that now I bear,
  And give me liberty!’
 
Yes, as my swift days near their goal,
  ’Tis all that I implore;        10
In life and death a chainless soul
  With courage to endure.
 

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