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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Cheerfulness Taught by Reason
By Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
 
I THINK we are too ready with complaint
  In this fair world of God’s. Had we no hope
  Indeed beyond the zenith and the slope
Of yon gray blank of sky, we might be faint
To muse upon eternity’s constraint        5
  Round our aspirant souls. But since the scope
  Must widen early, is it well to droop
For a few days consumed in loss and taint?
O pusillanimous Heart, be comforted,—
  And like a cheerful traveler, take the road,        10
Singing beside the hedge. What if the bread
  Be bitter in thine inn, and thou unshod
To meet the flints?—At least it may be said,
  “Because the way is short, I thank thee, God!”
 
 
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