|C.D. Warner, et al., comp. The Library of the Worlds Best Literature.|
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.
|Yesterday and To-morrow|
|By John Boyle OReilly (18441890)|
|JOYS have three stages, Hoping, Having, and Had;|
|The hands of Hope are empty, and the heart of Having is sad:|
|For the joy we take, in the taking dies; and the joy we Had is its ghost.|
|Now which is the betterthe joy unknown, or the joy we have clasped and lost?|