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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Reason and Feeling
By William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)
 
I KNOW that all beneath the moon decays,
  And what by mortals in this world is brought,
  In Time’s great periods shall return to naught;
That fairest States have fatal nights and days.
I know that all the Muse’s heavenly lays,        5
  With toil of spirit, which are so dearly bought,
  As idle sounds, of few or none are sought,—
That there is nothing lighter than vain praise.
  I know frail beauty like the purple flower,
To which one morn oft birth and death affords;        10
That love a jarring is of minds’ accords,
  Where sense and will envassal Reason’s power:
Know what I list, all this cannot me move,
But that, alas! I both must write and love.
 
 
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