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JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL
American poet
(1819 - 1891)
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O thou, whose days are yet all spring,
  Faith, blighted once, is past retrieving;
    Experience is a dumb, dead thing;
      The victory's in believing.
      - To------ [Belief]

The purely Great
  Whose soul no siren passion could unsphere,
    Thou nameless, now a power and mixed with fate.
      - Under the old Elm [Washington, George]

And but two ways are offered to our will,
  Toil with rare triumph, ease with safe disgrace,
    The problem still for us and all of human race.
      - Under the Old Elm (pt. VII, st. 3)
        [Comparison]

Earth gets its price for what Earth gives us,
  The beggar is taxed for a corner to die in,
    The priest hath his fee who comes and shrives us,
      We bargain for the graves we lie in;
        At the devil's booth are all things sold,
          Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold;
            For a cap and bells our lives we pay.
              Bubbles we buy with a whole soul's tasking,
                'Tis heaven alone that is given away,
                  'Tis only God may be had for the asking,
                    No price is set on the lavish summer;
                      June may be had by the poorest comer.
      - Vision of Sir Launfal (prelude to pt. I)
        [Compensation]

Not what we give, but what we share,--
  For the gift without the giver is bare.
      - Vision of Sir Launfal (pt. II, st. 8)
        [Gifts]


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