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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
A Summing-Up
By Lord Byron (1788–1824)
 
From ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’

  I HAVE not loved the world, nor the world me;
    I have not flattered its rank breath, nor bowed
  To its idolatries a patient knee,—
    Nor coined my cheek to smiles,—nor cried aloud
    In worship of an echo: in the crowd        5
  They could not deem me one of such; I stood
    Among them, but not of them, in a shroud
  Of thoughts which were not their thoughts, and still could,
Had I not filed my mind, which thus itself subdued.
 
  I have not loved the world, nor the world me,—        10
    But let us part fair foes. I do believe,
  Though I have found them not, that there may be
    Words which are things,—hopes which will not deceive,
    And virtues which are merciful, nor weave
  Snares for the failing: I would also deem        15
    O’er others’ griefs that some sincerely grieve;
  That two, or one, are almost what they seem,
That goodness is no name, and happiness no dream.
 
 
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