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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
From ‘To a Comrade’
By Alfred de Musset (1810–1857)
 
THE JOY of meeting makes us love farewell;
We gather once again around the hearth,
          And thou wilt tell
All that thy keen experience has been
Of pleasure, danger, misadventure, mirth,        5
          And unforeseen.
 
And all without an angry word the while,
Or self-compassion,—naught dost thou recall
          Save for a smile;
Thou knowest how to lend good fortune grace,        10
And how to mock what’er ill luck befall
          With laughing face.
 
But friend, go not again so far away;
In need of some small help I always stand,
          Come whatso may;        15
I know not whither leads this path of mine,
But I can tread it better when my hand
          Is clasped in thine.
 
 
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