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RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES, LORD HOUGHTON
English statesman and writer
(1809 - 1885)

A grace within his soul hath reigned
  Which nothing else can bring;
    Thank God for all that I have gained
      By that high sorrowing.
      - [Sorrow]

In reverence will w speak of those who woo
  The ear divine with clear and ready prayer;
    And while their voices cleave the Sabbath air,
      Know their bright thoughts are winging heavenward too.
        Yet many a one,--"the latchet of whose shoe"
          These might not loose--will often only dare
            Lay some poor words between him and despair--
              "Father, forgive! we know not what we do."
      - [Prayer]

My exit is the result of too many entrees.
      - [Last Words]

Youth, that pursuest with such eager pace
  Thy even way,
    Thou pantest on to win a mournful race:
      Then stay! oh, stay!
        Pause and luxuriate in thy sunny plain;
          Loiter,--enjoy:
            Once past, thou never wilt come back again,
              A second Boy.
      - Carpe Diem [Youth]

I always thought a tinge of blue
  Improved a charming woman's stocking.
      - Four Lovers (II, In Summer) [Women]

That man is thought a dangerous knave,
  Or zealot plotting crime,
    Who for advancement of his kind
      Is wiser than his time.
      - attributed to Men of Old [Reputation]

Grand Thoughts that never can be wearied out,
  Showing the unreality of Time.
      - Sonnet to Charles Lamb [Thought]

But the beating of my own heart
  Was all the sound I heard.
      - The Brookside [Heart]

I wandered by the brook-side,
  I wandered by the mill;
    I could not hear the brook flow,
      The noisy wheel was still.
      - The Brookside [Brooks]

Great thoughts, great feelings, came to them,
  Like instincts, unawares.
      - The Men of Old [Instinct]

A man's best things are nearest him,
  Lie close about his feet.
      - The Men of Old (st. 7) [Blessings : Life]

The virtue lies
  In the struggle, not the prize.
      - The World to the Soul (9, 1)
        [Perseverance : Success]

He who for love hath undergone
  The worst that can befall,
    Is happier thousandfold than one
      Who never loved at all.
      - To Myrzha--On Returning [Love]

But on and up, where Nature's heart
  Beats strong amid the hills.
      - Tragedy of the Lac de Gaube (st. 2)
        [Nature]


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