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ALEXANDER SMITH
Scottish poet and miscellaneous writer
(1830 - 1867)
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Vanity in its idler moments is benevolent, is as willing to give pleasure as to take it, and accepts as sufficient reward for its services a kind word or an approving smile.
      - [Vanity]

We are never happy: we can only remember that we were so once.
      - [Happiness]

Winter does not work only on a broad scale; he is careful in trifles.
      - [Winter]

Yet through all, we know this tangled skein is in the hands of One who sees the end from the beginning; He shall yet unravel all.
      - [Life]

The saddest thing that can befall a soul.
  Is when it loses faith in God and woman.
      - A Life Drama (sc. 12) [Faith]

A poem round and perfect as a star.
      - A Life Drama (sc. 2) [Poetry]

In winter, when the dismal rain
  Came down in slanting lines,
    And Wind, that grand old harper, smote
      His thunder-harp of pines.
      - A Life Drama (sc. 2) [Winter]

Some books are drenched sands,
  On which a great soul's wealth lies all in heaps,
    Like a wrecked argosy.
      - A Life Drama (sc. 2) [Books]

Like a pale martyr in his shirt of fire.
      - A Life Drama (sc. 2, l. 225) [Martyrdom]

The sun was down,
  And all the west was paved with sullen fire.
    I cried, "Behold! the barren beach of hell
      At ebb of tide."
      - A Life Drama (sc. 4) [Sunset]

The pale child, Eve, leading her mother, Night.
      - A Life Drama (sc. 8) [Evening]

Sweet April's tears,
  Dead on the hem of May.
      - A Life Drama (sc. 8, l. 65) [April]

The trees were gazing up into the sky,
  Their bare arms stretched in prayer for the snows.
      - A Life-Drama (sc. 2) [Trees]

Each time we love,
  We turn a nearer and a broader mark
    To that keen archer, Sorrow, and he strikes.
      - City Poems--A Boy's Dream [Sorrow]

We bury love,
  Forgetfulness grows over it like grass;
    That is a thing to weep for, not the dead.
      - City Poems--A Boy's Poem (pt. III)
        [Death : Forgetfulness]

If you wish to preserve your secret wrap it up in frankness.
      - Dreamthorp--On the Writing of Essays
        [Statesmanship]

To our graves we walk
  In the thick footprints of departed men.
      - Horton (l. 570) [Death]

We have two lives;
  The soul of man is like the rolling world,
    One half in day, the other dipt in night;
      The one has music and the flying cloud,
        The other, silence and the wakeful stars.
      - Horton (l. 76) [Life]

We twain have met like the ships upon the sea,
  Who behold an hour's converse, so short, so sweet:
    One little hour! and then, away they speed
      On lonely paths, through mist, and cloud, and foam,
        To meet no more.
      - Life Drama (sc. IV) [Meeting]


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